SUSHMA SWARAJ WRAPS UP FRUITFUL NEPAL VISIT

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj left Pokharan on Friday after attending the SAARC ministerial meeting in Nepal. (ANI?Photo)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj left Pokharan on Friday after attending the SAARC ministerial meeting in Nepal. (ANI Photo)

POKHARA (TIP): External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj left Pokharan on Friday after attending the SAARC ministerial meeting in Nepal.

Swaraj also held the first bilateral meet with her Pakistani counterpart after the Pathankot terror attack.

After wrapping up her three-day visit, Swaraj left Pokhara on an Mi17 chopper for Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh from where she will head to Delhi on a special flight.

She announced on Thursday that a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT)?will arrive in India on March 27 to probe the Pathankot terror attack.

The assault figured very high in the over 20-minute meeting between Swaraj and Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz, the first political-level engagement between the two sides after the January 2 terror attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

Swaraj accepted Pakistan’s invitation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Islamabad for the SAARC Summit, to be held from November 9-10 this year.

She pitched for unleashing “collective strength” of SAARC, underlined the need for a South Asian Economic Union with greater connectivity and progress on pending agreements.

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