India, Pak Home Ministers Meet in Maldives


New Delhi – Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Tuesday met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on the sidelines of a SAARC meet in the Maldives.

The two leaders met Tuesday on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting in Male that is underway since Monday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin posted on his Twitter handle.

“India, Pakistan home ministers meet on sidelines of SAARC meeting in Male,” Akbaruddin tweeted.

Earlier Malik stressed the need for joint efforts of SAARC countries to eliminate terrorism.

Talking to media soon after his arrival at Maldives, he said SAARC interior ministers’ conference can play vital role to bring durable peace, stability and progress in the region.
The minister, according to a message received here said that Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries are facing terrorism and there is a dire need of cooperation among the SAARC countries to defeat it from the region as well from the world.

He said he would hold a meeting with Indian interior minister to discuss issues of terrorism and security. He said Pakistan and India would have to play an active role in SAARC.

He said moderate visa policy between India and Pakistan would be beneficial for both the countries.

Meanwhile Rehman Malik during a meeting with the Maldives’ Interior Minister Dr Jameel discussed issues of mutual interest.

He said Pakistan would extend training to Maldives police and law enforcement force.

Dr Jameel said Maldives attached values to its relations with Pakistan.

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