Sushma to make a statement on Pakistan talks

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make a statement in Parliament on Friday on the recent developments in India-Pakistan relations, the government told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Responding to a notice of adjournment motion by Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress) on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said Ms. Swaraj would make a statement in the House and the government was also willing for a discussion.

He said usually there was no discussion after a statement but the External Affairs Minister was willing for a debate on the issue. “Several developments have taken place in between. I spoke with the Minister [who was in Islamabad on Wednesday] and she will make a statement ... we are willing for a discussion,” he said apparently responding to Mr. Roy’s notice on the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Paris during climate change talks. India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue as Ms. Swaraj confirmed that Mr. Modi would visit Islamabad next year to attend the SAARC summit. — PTI