Former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Shahryar Khan and ex-Indian diplomat S K Lambah, the point men for India- Pakistan back-channel diplomacy, are to meet in Dubai on Thursday to ease tensions and draw a planned meeting between the premiers of the two countries.
The decision to initiate back-channel diplomacy to address tensions caused by ceasefire violations along the Line of Control was taken at a meeting of Pakistan’s Defence Committee of the Cabinet on August 24.
The two seasoned envoys will meet away from the media’s eyes in Dubai to work out details for the planned meeting of the Prime Ministers on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.
Asked about the report, Foreign Ministry spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said both countries were engaged in Track-II diplomacy.
“India’ss point-person Mr Lambah and Pakistan’ss point-person Mr Khan have been in touch with each other”, he told a weekly news briefing.
“As for the meeting (between the premiers), it has been the position of the Pakistan government that should an opportunity arise, we believe such a contact between the leadership would be a welcome opportunity to discuss all issues that require urgent discussion and to improve relations between the two countries,” Chaudhry said.