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Sushma Swaraj, Sartaj Aziz hold meeting in Nepal, Pathankot probe from March 28

A Pakistan investigation team probing the Pathankot terror attack will visit India on March 27 and begin work the next day as India has issued visas to them, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday after meeting Sartaj Aziz in Pokhara, Nepal on the sidelines of SAARC summit.

Sushma Swaraj & Sartaj Aziz-AV

“It’s not possible that I and Aziz meet and the Pathankot issue is not taken up. Yes, it was discussed,” Swaraj said.

Several issues were discussed between the two leaders including the Pathankot terror attack.

During a joint press conference with Swaraj, Aziz said he is hopeful of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s meeting in Washington in March.

During the meeting, Aziz handed over to Sushma Swaraj an invitation from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the South Association Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan later this year.

This was the first formal meeting between the two leaders after the January 2 cross-border terror attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, Punjab, that claimed the lives of seven Indian security personnel.

The attack derailed the foreign secretary-level talks between the two south Asian neighbours scheduled for the middle of January after Aziz and Sushma Swaraj had in December last year agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The two leaders arrived in Pokhara on Wednesday to attend the 37th meeting of the Saarc council of ministers which was held on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj and Aziz met for five minutes over breakfast here. Their first meeting was over dinner on Wednesday night.

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