Pak-India foreign secretary talks to be held as per schedule: Sartaj


LAHORE, Jan 9 (APP): Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday that Pak-India foreign secretary level talks would be held as per schedule on January 15.
He said that India had not cancelled the scheduled talks as no communication in that regard had received from New Delhi.He, however, said the situation would be clear in next four days.
Till date “the January 15 talks have neither been confirmed nor cancelled by India,” he said while talking to media persons here at the National College of Arts (NCA). Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid was also present on the occasion.
As regards Saudi-Iran conflict, the Advisor said the entire Islamic world play role in diffusing the tension between the two countries.Pakistan would play its due role when the time was ripe, he added.He said,”Pakistan wants reduction of tensions between Iran and
Saudi Arabia, but the first priority is to protect its own national and security interests,” he added.
It was also necessary to avoid it becoming a sectarian issue in the country as some elements might try to do so, he said.To a query, he said the present Saudi-Iran tension was being termed sectarian but the fact was that the political conflict between the Arab world and Iran was centuries old. The situation was more grave as terrorists might take advantage of it while other world powers had their own agenda in the region.
Replying to another question, Sartaj Aziz said the visit of Saudi Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to Pakistan was already scheduled. Pakistan, he said, had decades long defence cooperation ties with Saudi Arabia.
To another query, he said that the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament would be given an in-camera briefing on Saudi-Iran tension on Tuesday.
Earlier, the Advisor inaugurated the Undergraduate Thesis Show 2015 at the NCA and witnessed the works displayed by the students.