When India and Pakistan meet, ‘it’s not just a test of strength’
A major diplomatic test for India and its archrival Pakistan comes on Thursday when the two countries will meet in the Indian city of New Delhi.
India and the neighboring country, Pakistan, are battling for control of Afghanistan, the volatile North West Frontier Province (NWFP) where they share a border and an increasingly tense relationship.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has said the meeting will test the strength of the two nations.
On Thursday, Indian officials will host a bilateral summit in New Delhi with Pakistan’s president, Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani leader’s office said in a statement.
In a press conference after the meeting, Modi said that “a test of Indian and Pakistani strength will be the meeting in New Dehli” on Thursday.
The leaders of India and China have previously discussed the Afghanistan issue, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi saying in November that China “welcomes India’s desire to help Afghanistan and Pakistan achieve their shared objectives.”
China has expressed concerns over Pakistan’s role in the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan, which China considers an ally.
In November, India and several Western countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the European Union, imposed a ban on the export of certain weapons to Pakistan and the Taliban.
The ban was put in place after India accused Pakistan of arming the Taliban, which the United Nations has classified as a terrorist group.
The two nations have also fought a series of wars, including in 1965, 1971, and 1979.