The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Qureshi, writes to Jaishankar; offers talks on 'all important issues'

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani chancellor Shah Mehmood Qureshi In a letter to his new Indian counterpart, S said on Friday that Islamabad wants to talk to New Delhi about all the important issues and remains committed to efforts to establish peace in the region.

Qureshi wrote the letter to Jaishankar to congratulate him on taking up the position of minister of external affairs.

The former foreign secretary, Jaishankar, took over as foreign minister on May 30.

Qureshi told Jaishankar in the letter that Islamabad wants to talk to New Delhi about all the important issues and remains committed to efforts to establish peace in the region, Dawn newspaper reported, citing diplomatic sources.

Tensions between the two countries worsened after the Pulwama terrorist attack and both countries were almost on the verge of a war after Indian military aircraft attacked a terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26, and Pakistan led out a counteroffensive the next day.

By breaking the ice in bilateral relations, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke on May 26 to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his desire to work together for peace and prosperity in the region.

Modi, for his part, called for building trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism to promote peace and prosperity in the region.

India has rejected the offer of talks from Pakistan, arguing that terror and talks can not go together.

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