[QODLink]
Archive
Pakistan FM drops India visit
The Pakistani Foreign Minister has dropped plans to visit India next month, throwing peace initiatives between the neighbours into a quandary.
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2003 08:34 GMT
India and Pakistan have historically been bitter rivals
The Pakistani Foreign Minister has dropped plans to visit India next month, throwing peace initiatives between the neighbours into a quandary.

In a statement, Pakistan said it was "regrettable" that India had objected to Foreign Minister Khursheed Mahmud Kasuri personally delivering an invitation to a forthcoming regional summit.

"The letter of invitation to Prime Minister Vajpayee would be delivered through other diplomatic channels," the statement added.

Leaders from the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are due to hold their 12th summit in Pakistan in January. India has indicated that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will attend it.

Kasuri's cancellation followed Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha's statement that the SAARC summit did not necessarily mean a forum for bilateral talks between India and Pakistan.

Strained Ties

Islamabad interpreted India's comments as a snub.

"Sinha's remarks confirmed the apprehensions of all SAARC countries that India was not only disinterested in the SAARC process but also had no intention of engaging Pakistan in a dialogue to resolve all outstanding disputes including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir," the statement by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.

Despite early signs of an improvement in relations, stepped up attacks by Muslim fighters in Indian-administered Kashmir have undermined chances of peace talks taking place.

India accuses Pakistan of abetting the fighting, a charge that Pakistan denies.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.