New Delhi: Speaking on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart meeting scheduled to take place on the sidelines of UNGA in New York, Chinese Consul General Ma Zhanwu on Thursday said that China has good relations with both Pakistan and India. He added, “We certainly believe and hope that the two countries can settle their differences through dialogue.” Also Read - After Mumbai Power Blackout, Telangana Faced Cyber Attack Attempt by China | Here's What Happened
Earlier in the day, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart is in the offing. He said, “I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM & Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of UN General Assembly at a mutually convenient date and time.” For those reading too much into the meeting already, this is what Kumar had to offer, “This is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue.” Also Read - Pakistan Likely to Tie up With Turkey in Manufacturing Missiles, Fighter Jets: Report
The development came hours after Pakistan said it was yet to hear from India following Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s letter to PM Narendra Modi. Pakistan said its Prime Minister had responded to India in a positive spirit. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan said that they are awaiting a formal response from India. The overture gains significance as the Indian side is seething over the brutal murder of BSF Head Constable Narendra Kumar along the International Border. Kumar went missing on Tuesday, September 18.