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NO ‘secret talks’ with India: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has denied reports of Pakistan holding ‘secret talks’ with India in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The minister said “We are not having any talks [with India] at the moment. UAE is not facilitating any talks.”

He remarked that the UAE has good relations with both India and Pakistan but no talks were held.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan is willing to hold talks with its neighbour but India has shown reluctance.

Earlier, the Indian media has reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been holding back-channel talks to restart dialogue between India and Pakistan. ​

On the other hand, United Arab Emirates’ envoy to Washington Yousef Al Otaiba confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship.

According to the details, Top intelligence officers from both sides held secret talks in Dubai in January in a new effort to calm military tension over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said UAE played a role “in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level.”

“They might not sort of becoming best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he said.

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