India and Pakistan are expected to hold talks on issues related to two of India’s hydroelectricity projects under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) at the World Bank headquarters in Washington this week, a person familiar with the developments said.
The Indian delegation will be led by water resources secretary Amarjit Singh and will include officials from ministries of external affairs and water resources, the person cited above said, on the condition of anonymity.
Official dialogue between the two countries—who have fought four wars since 1947—has been at a standstill since 2013 and many attempts to restart it have come to naught, mainly due to Pakistan’s support for terrorist activities against India.
“Talks under the Indus Water Treaty do not amount to bilateral talks,” said a second person familiar with the matter, who too didn’t wish to be named. The two countries last held talks over the two projects in March this year during the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) in Pakistan. Read More…