Foreign minister S Jaishankar (Mint file)
Foreign minister S Jaishankar (Mint file)

Pakistan foreign minister Mehmood Qureshi congratulates Jaishankar

  • Reports of the congratulatory letter comes amid speculation over whether India-Pakistan ties will see a thaw
  • On Thursday, Indian foreign ministry said there would be no meeting between the PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in Bishkek next week

New Delhi: Newly appointed Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar has received a letter of congratulations from his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a person familiar with the development said on Friday.

Reports of the congratulatory letter comes amid speculation over whether India-Pakistan ties — tense since a 14 February suicide attack on an Indian security convoy in Kashmir — will see a thaw.

“Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi writes to Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar congratulating him on his appointment as External Affairs Minister," the news agency said in a post on Twitter.

The Indian foreign ministry did not confirm the receipt of the letter.

On Thursday, Indian foreign ministry said there would be no meeting between the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in Bishkek next week on the sidelines of a regional conference.

Khan had also sent a congratulatory message to Modi on his re-election via a twitter post on 23 May. He had later followed it up with a phone call saying that he wanted to work with Modi for peace in the region.

India, which says Pakistan foments terrorism against it, seems to be cool about the overtures — accepting the messages but has showed no inclination to take up the offers unless Pakistan takes what New Delhi calls “irreversible" and “verifiable" steps to curb terrorism emanating from its soil against India.

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