India does not confirm meeting with Pak in US

India does not confirm meeting with Pak in US

India on Friday declined to confirm its participation in a meeting with Pakistan in the US next month to resolve disputes over hydropower projects on the cross-border rivers.

Pakistan media had reported earlier this week that New Delhi and Islamabad had agreed to a US proposal of mediating the disputes on the sharing of water in the common rivers. It had also reported that India had agreed to hold a meeting with Pakistan in the US to resolve disputes over the Kishenganga and Ralte hydropower projects.

“So long as we are a party to the Indus Water Treaty, it is our legal obligation to attend the treaty-mandated meetings that are held at least once every financial year,” Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, told journalists in New Delhi. “At this stage, it would be premature to talk of hypothetical contingencies,” he added.

India and Pakistan recently held the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission — a bilateral panel that oversees the implementation of the Indus Water Treaty, which the two countries had inked in 1960.

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