India and Pakistan resumed their bi-lateral talks on the relations between their two countries on Thursday (12 September) at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad.
India and Pakistan resumed their bi-lateral talks on the relations between their two countries on Thursday (12 September) at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad. The questions which concerned the two delegations, trade and travel facilities.
The Indian delegation had arrived the previous day. It consisted of civil servants and other officials, led by the Indian Foreign Secretary, Mr Kowal Singh. The Pakistan delegation to the talks was led by the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr Agha Shahi.
The talks were to have taken place in June, but were postponed by the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, after India had announced that it was to carry out a nuclear test explosion, which took place in May in Rajasthan - near the Pakistan border.
Strict security measures where in force at Islamabad Airport, When the Indian delegation arrived on board an Indian Air Force Aircraft. The leader of the Indian delegation, Mr Singh, said he earnestly hoped that the talks would lead to a satisfactory agreement.
Before the postponement of the June talks, Pakistan's Minister of State, Mr Aziz Ahmed, and India's Foreign Minister, Mr Swaran Singh, had reached agreement in Delhi in April, on the resumption of talks for normalising relations between the two countries. Following the postponement of those talks because of India's nuclear test, the renewed talks are expected to be used by both parties for a "broader" exchange of views.
SYNOPSIS: At the Foreign Office in Islamabad in Pakistan, a delegation from India resumed the bi-lateral talks between the two countries, which were interrupted by the Indian nuclear test in Rajasthan in May. The first session took place on Thursday and the Indian delegation was led by the Foreign Secretary, Mr Kewal Singh. The Pakistani delegates were led by Mr Agha Shahi, the Pakistan Foreign Minister. The talks had been scheduled for june, but had been called off by the Pakistanis.
The Indian delegation had arrived by 'plane the previous day at Islamabad Airport, where strict security measures were in force. On their arrival, Mr Singh has said that he hoped that the talks would lead to a satisfactory agreement. The talks were expected to deal mainly with communications, trade and travel.