Indus water talks between India and Pakistan begin in New Delhi | India News



NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan on Monday began another round of meetings of the Permanent Indus River Commission which is held annually under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). The talks of the Indus River survived the relationship freeze as both countries consider it mandatory under the IWT.
According to the Foreign Ministry, under the provisions of the treaty, the two sides are required to meet at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan. The latest meeting, held on 23-24 March 2021 in New Delhi, saw discussions on hydrological data exchange and flooding.
In March, India and Pakistan had reiterated their commitment to implement the Indus Waters Treaty in its true spirit and expressed the hope that the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission would be held in India soon. .
A five-member Pakistani delegation is present for the talks which will take place over two days. The two countries do not see the Indus talks as a precursor to more substantial engagement between them. The two countries last held diplomatic talks in December 2015, and although they managed to announce a resumption of dialogue, the process never really got started due to the Pathankot attack.
The two countries have explored options for reviving dialogue since the new government took over Pakistan, but Islamabad has insisted that India first make a “concession” on the J&K issue.


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