India Puts 3 Conditions For Talks With Pakistan

by Abbas Adil

sushma swaraj

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that talks with Pakistan can only happen in a peaceful environment and without the involvement of a third party.

In a press conference, she said “There is no flip-flop or confusion in the government, which has a very clear Pakistan policy. We decided on three principles for talks when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came here last year. These principles are part of the Shimla and Lahore declarations”.

She said first principle is that Indo-Pak issue will be resolved through peaceful dialogue. Second, the talks will be between only India and Pakistan without involvement of third party.

The third condition is creation of an atmosphere of harmony by keeping away terror and violence.

“Talks can happen only in a peaceful environment. It can happen when Pakistan takes action against terrorists, who are not bound by geographies. There is no good or bad terrorist,” she said.

She ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between both countries in the immediate future, and made it clear that no official engagement is on the cards between the two nations.

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