India and Pakistan to hold talks over Kashmir in New York
India and Pakistani leaders will hold a summit in New Orleans on Monday to discuss the long-stalled Indian-Pakistani dispute over Kashmir, a move that is likely to further strain ties with Islamabad and further undermine Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious peace deal with Pakistan.
The talks will mark a significant change in U.S. policy, which for years has had focused on avoiding a war over Kashmir.
It was hoped that the U.N. Security Council would intervene and prevent a war, but instead the U,S.
and its allies have failed to secure any consensus among the five permanent members of the U the U .
While some U. S. and Pakistani officials have accused India of having a hand in the fighting in the disputed region, the U.,S.
has consistently denied this.
It is the first time India and the Pakistani leaders have been able to meet since U. N. envoy Nikki Haley visited the region in November.
A U.P. official said that the meeting between Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, would likely focus on the economic relationship between the two countries, and the possibility of establishing a new bilateral economic zone in the area.
Sharif’s administration has been trying to bolster ties with India and China, the two major Asian powers, but relations have been strained.
In the past two years, Sharif has been meeting with the leaders of several countries in the region, including the leaders in China, Russia, Turkey and Egypt.