Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in Russia. The meeting is scheduled to take place in early September, probably on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
After the heated debates, furious situations between the two neighboring nations post-Pulwama attack, and failure of diplomatic discussions – things are now looking to take a peaceful turn as both the prime minister of Pakistan and India are likely to have a one-on-one conversation with each other in September.
Both the leaders from the neighboring nuclear states will visit Russia on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the EEF which will take place from September 4 to September 6.
According to the Pakistan Foreign Office, Pakistan has already sent its peace-dialogue proposal to India.
“We are ready for diplomatic discussions with Indian PM. We want to remove misunderstandings and improve our ties. We are ready to meet India anywhere they like. Now it’s up to India to decide when they are ready,” said Pakistan Foreign Official.
The official further said that they (Pakistan) is struggling to convince India that a peace-dialogue on all the sensitive matters between the two nuclear states is the only solution to all the problems.
“Whenever we have contact with the Indian government (through diplomatic channels or meetings) we always emphasize the importance of friendly-dialogues,” he added.
According to sources close to Vladimir Putin, the Russian PM also wants Pakistan and India to remove their misunderstandings and start a new journey of friendly relations. It is also said that Vladimir Putin will also play an important role in encouraging both the PMs to meet each other and have a peace dialogue – at the Eastern Economic Forum held in Russia in September 2019.
This is to be noted that last month, both Modi and Khan met each other at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), but there were no formal talks. In fact, there has not even a single official meeting between the two prime ministers since Imran Khan took the charge as Prime Minister of Pakistan in August last year. India did not engage with Pakistan after a Pathankot attack on the Air Force base in January 2016 and maintained that talks and terror can not go hand in hand.