India to hold talks with Pakistan only on terrorism, not Kashmir
New Delhi : Rejecting Pakistan's proposal to hold a Foreign Secretary-level talks on Kashmir, India on Wednesday asserted that the country would discuss issues related to cross-border terrorism only.
India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar expressed his willingness to travel to Islamabad but maintained that no talks will be addressed over the situation in Kashmir.
# India on Wednesday rejected Pakistan's proposal to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks over Kashmir.
# The response has been handed over to Pakistan by Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad Gautam Bambawale.
# India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar agreed to travel to Islamabad but maintained that talks must focus on the resolution to end cross-border terrorism.
# "Since aspects related to cross-border terrorism are central to the current situation in J&K, we have proposed that discussions between the Foreign Secretaries be focused on them.
# "We have also conveyed that Government of India rejects in their entirety the self-serving allegations regarding the situation in J&K, which is an integral part of India where Pakistan has no locus standi," sources quoted by a news agency.
# Pakistan had invited India to hold talks over Kashmir, claiming that this is becoming an international obligation which must be resolved at the earliest.
# The invitation came after Kashmir registered unrest amid tension in bilateral ties due to the war of words between the two nations over the issue.