MEA Statement on the Meeting of Foreign Secretaries of India and...

MEA Statement on the Meeting of Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan [April 26, New Delhi]

April 26, 2016; New Delhi

1. The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met on the sidelines of the "Heart of Asia” Senior Officials Meeting today. Their discussions were frank and constructive. Both sides raised issues of concern to them.

2. India’s Foreign Secretary emphasised the need for early and visible progress on the Pathankot terrorist attack investigation as well as the Mumbai case trial in Pakistan. He also brought up the listing of JeM leader Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee.

3. Foreign Secretary Jaishankar clearly conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship. Terrorist groups based in Pakistan targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity.

4. We pressed for immediate consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Naval officer abducted and taken to Pakistan.

5. The discussions also covered humanitarian issues including those pertaining to fishermen and prisoners, and people to people contacts including religious tourism.

6. The two Foreign Secretaries exchanged ideas on taking the relationship forward and agreed to remain in touch.

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