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Jaishankar to begin ‘Saarc yatra’ from Sunday, in Pak on March 3

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar will undertake ‘Saarc yatra’ from Sunday starting with Bhutan and will travel to Pakistan on March 3, marking the resumption of India-Pak talks with India maintaining it stands ready to discuss all outstanding issues including Jammu & Kashmir.

Jaishankar will be in Bhutan on March 1, followed by Bangladesh on March 2, Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4, the spokesperson of external affairs ministry said on Wednesday while giving the itinerary of the first leg of foreign secretary’s ‘Saarc yatra’.

Noting that the visit was in accordance with the Prime Minister’s directive, the official spokesperson said, “The schedule for other destinations was being worked out through diplomatic channels.”

Jaishankar will travel to Pakistan seven months after India cancelled foreign secretary-level talks because the Pakistan high commissioner here held consultations with Kashmiri separatists.

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