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In what reflected inconsistency in India's policy on Pakistan, New Delhi on Friday called off a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in NY next week following the nation-wide outrage over the brutal killings of Indian security personnel by Pakistan-based entities. The Times of India reported that he also suggested a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The news was confirmed by Pakistan's Foreign Office.

Analysts say new prime minister Imran Khan's government will need to take urgent action, potentially seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), unless it can secure other funding. "The agenda is not finalised".

Days later, he said Islamabad and New Delhi must resort to dialogue to resolve all conflicts, including Kashmir.

On 12 September, the U.S. responded to the positive messages that were exchanged between India and Pakistan and said that it would be "very supportive" if conditions can be created for productive talks between the two countries, however, underlining that Washington understands New Delhi's position that "demonstrable reduction" in cross-border terrorism would create the confidence for such a dialogue.

Mr Kumar added, "Let's distinguish between meeting and dialogue". He added that he would love to see more cricket being played between India and Pakistan.

The statement did not specify which killings it was referring to, but earlier this week an Indian border guard in Jammu region along the Line of Control was killed and his body mutilated. The BJP has long advocated a tough stance toward Pakistan.

Khan also vowed to stand strong with Saudi Arabia, mentioning that the Kingdom has always helped Pakistan out of tight spots in the past.

He said that Prime Minister Khan - in a letter - had responded to Modi in a positive way to resume peace talks.

He claimed that the issues between the two countries are complicated and in order to resolve them, "we must engage". Referring to Modi's letter after Imran was sworn in last month, he said he endorses PM Modi's sentiment that the only way forward for the two nations "lies in constructive engagement". After winning the elections, Imran Khan was sworn in on August 18.

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"So now in CPEC, our third strategic partner and economic partner will be Saudi Arabia and by the grace of God huge investments will come from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan", he said. "I honestly think we should separate the two", he said.

Dialogue between India and Pakistan has been suspended since 2015 over a series of attacks, especially the terror attack on an army camp in Uri that left 19 soldiers dead.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal however, said Pakistan was "open" on this issue.

"The meeting will take place on Pakistan's request".

He in particular thanked Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for providing the delegation an opportunity to enter Kaaba and Roza-e-Rasool (SAW).

"CPEC has not inflicted a debt burden on Pakistan, rather when these projects get completed and enter into operation, they will unleash huge economic benefits. and these will bring considerable returns to the Pakistani economy", Wang said. "We are ready for talks with India".

Khan also raised Siachen and Sir Creek issues in the letter saying that both needed close attention to move towards a resolution.

The US state department stated that it was "terrific news for the Indians and Pakistanis to be able to sit down and have a conversation together". "CPEC is a bilateral project in which induction of any other country has to have concurrence of both sides", Iqbal posted. The Munabao- Khokhrapar train service connects Pakistan's Sindh and India's Rajasthan provinces.

India cancelled the meeting over killing of three policemen in occupied Kashmir and release of postal stamps glorifying martyred Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani. Pakistan rejected the Indian assertion.


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