India calls off meet with Pakistan on sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York

In a big development, the meet scheduled to take place between India and Pakistan in New York on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly has been cancelled, according to reports.

The decision comes from the Indian side after a BSF soldier and three policemen lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier on Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had confirmed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be meeting her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York.

Raveesh Kumar said: “I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM and Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of the UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time.”

“This is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue,” the MEA spokesperson added.

The announcement of a meeting comes hours after a letter by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reported. In the letter, the Pakistani PM had called for a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries to improve ties between the neighbouring countries.

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