ISLAMABAD: Pakistani official said Thursday it was working to fix a date for a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Recent skirmishes across the Line of Control, the border dividing disputed Kashmir between Pakistan and India, have jeopardised plans for the meeting in New York, which would come months after peace talks again stalled between the two neighbours.
Since winning an election in May, Sharif has been vocal in his desire for better relations with India, but recent flare-ups have overshadowed prospects.
Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said the meeting would be “a useful opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue” and resume stalled peace talks.
“The date of the meeting is being worked out,” he told a news conference.
“Pakistan has always supported the policy of restraint, responsibility and dialogue in the larger interest of peace in the region,” Chaudhry added.
Skirmishes across the heavily militarised LoC have killed six Pakistanis and five Indian soldiers since August 5.
Peace talks between India and Pakistan were suspended for three years after the 2008 attacks in Mumbai which killed 166 people.