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"We have decided that the meeting will be held [between Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi]", said a spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi.

As the neighbours struggle to shake off their accumulated trust deficit, India made it clear the meeting would not amount to resumption of bilateral dialogue or any change on its stated position on cross-border terrorism.

Mr Khan and his delegation prayed inside the Kabaa and a large number of Pakistani nationals living in the country congregated outside the holy site to see the new prime minister.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between the two countries.

"Pakistan opted to join the war on terror which had nothing to do with it", PM Khan told the Saudi newspaper.

Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to invest in the Beijing-funded, multi-billion dollar infrastructure corridor being constructed in Pakistan, its information minister said Thursday, as concerns grow over the country's debt levels.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief thanked Prime Minister Modi for his "warm greetings" and best wishes on his assumption of charge as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Saudi Arabia has a history of bailing out Pakistan financially.




They exchanged ideas for enhancing cooperation in the political, defense, economic, commercial and cultural sectors, developing joint ventures in line with their respective developmental needs, strengthening collaboration in the human-resources sector, and addressing the issues faced by Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia. "We are ready for talks with India".

PM also discussed the reasons for visiting Saudi Arabia on a priority basis and challenges confronting Pakistan because of bad governance of previous governments and corruption.

He added that Siachen and Sir Creek also needed close attention to move towards a resolution.

Days later, he said Islamabad and New Delhi must resort to dialogue to resolve all conflicts, including Kashmir.

"If there is an opening, we must use it for at least an exchange of views".

The agreement was signed in 2006.

I look forward to working with you for the benefit of the people of both our countries. The two countries have been at loggerheads since the killing of a Kashmiri freedom fighter, Burhan Wani, in July 2016. Tharoor added that the paradox of India-Pakistan relations is that there is very little problem between Indians and Pakistanis as people. India also claimed it had carried a "surgical strike" to avenge the Uri attack. "The question that comes up to any Indian government is - is it worth talking to a civilian government in Pakistan or are they all either unable or unwilling to fulfill their professions of peace".


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