India cancels foreign ministers’ meet in New York

After agreeing to a meeting of India-Pakistan foreign minister at the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly in New York, government of India today backtracked and canceled the meeting.

A foreign ministry spokesperson cited the abduction and killing of three unarmed policemen in south Kashmir on Friday as reason to cancel the talks, saying, “The true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office.”

New Delhi had agreed to Pakistan’s proposal for a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in New York next week in response to “the spirit reflected in the letters from the new Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan”, foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Friday evening.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says, “It’s obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed & true face of new Prime Minister of Pakistan has been revealed to world in his first few months in the office”

But it is obvious, Kumar said, that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, there was an evil agenda. “Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless … In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York.

“Consequently, there would be no meeting between the foreign ministers any longer,” the government said.

Pakistan’s government has yet to comment on the development. PPP Senator Sherry Rehman, however, took to Twitter to condemn the move, saying: “Shame that on #InternationalPeaceDay India has refused to talk peace with Pakistan in even a routine manner at the @UN on the sidelines of the General Assembly.”

“Running from talks won’t change the fact that this time Indian repression in Kashmir has been noticed in a UN report,” she added.

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