‘Seriously’ considering trade ties restoration with India, says Pakistan foreign minister

Mar24,2024



New Delhi: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Ishaq Dar Expressed willingness to “seriously” consider resumption of trade relations with India, which have been stalled since August 2019.
Dar made this statement during a press conference in London after attending the Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels, Geo News reported.
He stressed the eagerness of Pakistan's business community to resume trade activities with India. He said, “Pakistani businessmen want trade with India to resume.” According to the Express Tribune newspaper, Dar highlighted that Pakistan will give due consideration to re-establishing trade relations with India. , “We will look seriously at trade matters with India.”
This stance signals a possible change in Pakistan's diplomatic approach towards India, which had deteriorated after India's repudiation Article 370As a result, Pakistan downgraded the level of diplomatic relations.
Islamabad had argued that unilateral action in Kashmir had hindered the possibility of bilateral talks. Pakistan has consistently said that India should withdraw its actions in Kashmir as a precondition for talks, a demand which India has rejected, insisting on the integral nature of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh within its territory. Happened.
Despite these tensions, both countries agreed to renew the 2003 ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in February 2021. Recent conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi And Pakistan's newly appointed leader Shehbaz Sharif has hinted at a possible diplomatic thaw. Modi congratulated Sharif on assuming office, to which Sharif responded with thanks, signaling a tentative beginning to improved relations.
(with agency input)



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