Chaophraya Dialogue 23
23-24 March 2018
Senior delegates from India and Pakistan met for the 23rd Chaophraya Dialogue in Bangkok to discuss prospects and challenges for bilateral relations, and path forward. They agreed to the following:
- Steps should be taken towards considering the resumption of a meaningful and sustained dialogue process.
- Crisis management mechanisms should be strengthened. In this regard, conditions need to be created for regular meetings of DGMOs of the two countries. It would be useful to formalize the ceasefire declarations of 2003.
- On the economic front, trade and business ties have the potential to facilitate detente. Efforts ought be made to bring together the business communities of the two countries and facilitate the India Pakistan joint business forum to meet.
- The meeting reaffirmed the usefulness of SAARC.
- Previously negotiated CBMs on visa liberalization, tourism and strengthening people-to-people contact should be implemented.
- There is a heightened need for peace and stability in Afghanistan; both sides expressed their support for reconciliation efforts in this regard. It would be useful if both sides discussed their mutual concerns and steps towards peace and stability in Afghanistan in the regional context.
- Regional power politics invariably impact Indo-Pak relations; the two sides should undertake informal consultations to share their respective understanding of the role pf major powers in South Asia.
- The existing agreement between the two sides on non-harassment of diplomatic personnel should be abided by the two sides in letter and spirit.