Sartaj Aziz, Indian FM Salman Khurshid meeting in Bishkek today

BISHKEK: A meeting between Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid will be held today (Friday) in Bishkek.

Speaking to media in New Delhi on Thursday, Salman Khurshid said meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan require an appropriate atmosphere, adding Islamabad have to take measures on issues raised by New Delhi.

Salman Khurshid told reporters that there has to be a desire on both sides to meet which he can imagine is there, but the context, circumstances, and prevailing conditions have to be looked at.

Khurshid said he would come face-to-face with Sartaj Aziz at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet but insisted their talks would be an informal affair.

Asked about issues he is likely to take up with Aziz during the meeting Friday, Khurshid said, “I am sure we will have a chance to come face-to-face and discuss informally. We haven’t sorted out anything formally in advance but let’s see how things go.”

He added: “It’s very difficult not to meet him. We are sitting in the same building. We are not concentrating on any major bilateral, we are concentrating on the SCO.