Adviser: (Nawaz, Modi agreed to initiate dialogue process to reduce tension: Sartaj)


ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz has said that Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India at their Ufa meeting have agreed to initiate a process of dialogue to reduce tension between the two countries.

Speaking in a PTV talk show on Sunday, he said as a first doable step they agreed on is to reduce tension at the Line of Control to avoid human losses on both sides.

He said the proposed meeting between the National Security Advisers of the two countries would also help address each other’s apprehensions on different issues. The two sides have also agreed to release their fishermen along with their boats within fortnight of their arrest.

They also expressed the commitment to promote religious tourism by drawing a chart of annual activities. He said Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India in their joint statements also agreed to discuss all outstanding issues including the core issue of Kashmir to ensure peace and development in the region.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would attend the upcoming SAARC Summit to be held in Pakistan next year. He said achieving membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization would open up new avenues for boosting trade, economic and defence relations with the member countries particularly China and Russia.