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No decision yet on Modi-Sharif meeting in US: Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today said the government is yet to decided whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in US during the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this month.

“We will decide (on the meeting) as the situation develops. We will see what happens and respond. Nothing is decided beforehand. We are not going there with a pre mindset,” Swaraj said here today regarding a possible meeting between both the leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting in New York.

On the issue of India cancelling foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan that was scheduled to take place last month, the minister said it was Pakistan that ‘derailed’ talks with India as they indulged in having a dialogue with the Kashmiri separatists despite a warning from the Indian government.

“There is no flaw on our policy with Pakistan. Our policies started after elections. We agreed to foreign secretary-level talks on their demand. The date was decided and the venue was even decided to be Pakistan. But I do not know why their high commissioner decided to meet the separatists and derail the talks. What was the necessity to call separatists? What did they achieve?” Swaraj told reporters here today during her first ever news conference after assuming office.

She also added that Indian government will never encourage talks either with the Pakistan Army or their intelligence outfit, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

“Elected governments talk to elected governments. So whenever there will be talks, there will be talks only with the government and not with the Army or ISI. Prime Minister Modi asked Prime Minister Sharif to start trade in Wagah-Attari border, but then it was decided to be taken up during the foreign secretary talks, but who derailed it?” said Swaraj.

However, she said that government will continue to talk with Pakistan. “There is not full stop in diplomacy, there is comma or semi-colon but never a full stop.”

On the issues of repeated ceasefire violations on the international borders by Pakistan and China, Swaraj said the Director-General Military Operations (DGMO) are in regular talks over the phone, if required they can explore options to meet to resolve the matter.

Concerning Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s meeting with US President Barack Obama on September 30, Swaraj said that the government will reiterate its stand on nuclear liability law wherein suppliers will have liability in case of any disaster.

India and US have signed the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement on 2005. However, it has remained non-operational since then over India’s nuclear liability laws.

She said the government will raise the issue of considering India’s claim for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, which might happen in 2015 when the council expands. The G4 is expected to meet on the sidelines of the UN meet and discuss the issue.

Swaraj also said that during the visit, Modi and his team will also take up the issue of immigration overhaul that had been undertaken by US authorities presently. She said this will top the agenda when Modi meets Obama.

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