Pakistan’s foreign minister has welcomed mediation efforts by the United Arab Emirates between his country and India but told UAE newspaper Khaleej Times that he was not planning to meet his Indian counterpart in the country.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar are visiting the Gulf state at the same time.

“I am here for a bilateral visit. I am not here for a India-specific agenda,” Mr. Qureshi told the daily, which published a video excerpt of the interview.

“We welcome third party facilitation … But no matter what friends like the UAE say the initiative has to be indigenous,” he added.

A senior Emirati diplomat said last week that the UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship after military tension over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

India’s foreign ministry spokesman had tweeted that Mr. Jaishankar’s discussions in the UAE would focus on economic cooperation and community welfare.

Ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 traced to Pakistan-based militants that led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan.



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