India ready to discuss issues with Pakistan bilaterally: Jaishankar
New Delhi : India is ready to go ahead for discussions on outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an atmosphere free of terror and violence, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
The remark came during his meeting with European Union Commissioner Christos Stylianides who said that UN wishes to see India and Pakistan re-open dialogue through diplomatic channels and de-escalate the Kashmir issue.
The two leaders also discussed future expectations of good governance and development in the regions of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, as well as their perspectives on the recent developments pertaining to the situation in Afghanistan and Iran.
"A good meeting with EU Commissioner @StylianidesEU. Discussed our perspectives on Afghanistan and Iran. Spoke of our expectations for better governance and more development in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh," Jaishankar wrote on Twitter.
"Underlined India's openness to discuss other outstanding issues bilaterally with Pakistan in an atmosphere free of terror and violence," he added.
Ever since India aborted the Article 370 of Indian constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan had been trying to make Kashmir and international issue. However, they were snubbed at the UNSC.
They also de-escalated the bilateral relations with India by suspending trade, partially closing its airspace, banning of screening Indian cinemas and halting Samjhauta and Thar Express train services.