- “So far everything is going well,” said a spokesman for FO during Bilawal’s visit to India.
- Grab FM’s handshake with Indian counterpart “routine formality”.
- Bilawal was the first Pakistani FM to visit India after almost 12 years.
After Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and his delegation arrived in India in Goa, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mumtaz Zehra Baloch said on Friday that the host country had not given them any cause for complaint.
“They didn’t give us a chance to complain. Everything is going well so far,” Baloch said, as a high-level Pakistani delegation prepares to attend the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in the coastal city.
The spokesperson’s comment came during an exclusive interview with Geo news.
Responding to a question about FM Bilawal’s handshake with his counterpart of Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and whether it was a reflection of past acrimony, the FO spokesman said, “You attach great importance to it. It was a routine formality.”
Bilawal leads the Pakistani delegation at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the SCO.
A day earlier, he arrived in Goa for his first-ever visit to India, hoping for a “successful” meeting of SCO foreign ministers.
Speaking to the media after landing in Goa, the Foreign Minister said, “I am glad to have arrived here in Goa to attend the SCO meeting. I hope the SCO CFM will be a success .”
That is what the FO spokesperson continued Geo news that the hosts welcomed their guest as they did for other foreign ministers.
When asked about Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to India in July to attend the SCO summit, Baloch said it is too early to comment at this point.
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