“Pakistan Foreign Office has send an official communication that Aziz will attend the Heart of Asia conference on December 3 and 4 in Amritsar,” said Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
The sixth Heart of Asia Ministerial conference will be held in the holy town of Amritsar. Delegates from over 40 countries will take part in the conference being held a short distance away from the major Pakistani city of Lahore.
Aziz will be the first high ranking Pakistani official to visit India after bilateral ties descended into daily exchange of gunfire on the border. Analysts are wondering if it will help in melting the ice between the two countries.
“Sartaj Aziz is visiting because Pakistan is under pressure to mend ties with India. Russia is also concerned about the deteriorating India-Pakistan relations as it is undermining the security and safety of the region. The visit will hardly make any difference because India has stated very clearly that talks will be held after Pakistan stops supporting terrorism and ceasefire violations,” Dr Sudhir Singh, Professor in the University of Delhi and expert on International Affairs told Sputnik.