India calls off meeting with Pakistan at UNGA

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Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on September 21 said that India called off a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi that was to be held in New York on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

India on September 20 accepted Pakistan’s proposal for Foreign Ministers’ meet on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York. India accepted the proposal sent in written by Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan to PM Narendra Modi seeking resumption of talks.

MEA press release says, “Since yesterday’s announcement of a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York later this month, two deeply disturbing developments have taken place. The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways.”

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar added, “Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless. In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York.”