Khan was given a guard of honor and a state banquet to mark his visit, and the crown prince also hosted a dinner for the prime minister.
Building on the mutual desire for peace between our two countries, I wish to propose a meeting between Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the External Affairs Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in NY.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan. "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism", Khan wrote in a letter dated September 14. He had also stressed the need to work for a terror-free South Asia.
Days later, he said Islamabad and New Delhi must resort to dialogue to resolve all conflicts, including Kashmir. On Wednesday, the USA specifically said that Pakistan based terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which operate in Kashmir, continue to pose a serious threat to the region.
The Modi government though wants Islamabad to make the atmosphere conducive for any meaningful engagement by acting against terror groups looking to target India from Pakistan soil. "We will always stand by Saudi Arabia whenever it faces hard time", Imran said. The efforts were stalled after the terror attacks on the Pathankot airbase and Army camp in Uri in 2016. In the letter, Imran Khan has said that all sticky issues including Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue. The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent, he had said, was to resolve differences through dialogue "and start trading".
Later, Pakistan also issued a clarification saying that his minister never said Indian PM offered a dialogue.
He is visiting the kingdom on the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince His Royal Highness Mohammad Bin Salman, a statement released by the Foreign Office of Pakistan said earlier. He said that Pakistan have good relations with Iran and China.
Elaborating further, the information minister said that the government will not let convicted Sharif family members leave the country.