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Sushma Swaraj poses with Pakistani counterpart for family photo

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After cancelling a meeting with Shah Mahmood Qureshi, her Pakistani counterpart, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj today posed with him for a "family photograph".

Sushma Swaraj sitting in a room: The two ministers were brought together for a photograph at an event organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Tajikistan. © IndiaToday.in The two ministers were brought together for a photograph at an event organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Tajikistan.

The two ministers were brought together for a photograph at an event organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Tajikistan.

Sharing the photo of the leaders on Twitter, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar wrote: "SCO family photograph - as they say picture speaks a thousand words! EAM @SushmaSwaraj with other leaders at #SCO Heads of Government Council Meeting in Dushanbe. Geographic area of SCO has been an inspiration for physical, scientific, spiritual & cultural progress for the world."

This is the first time that Swaraj shared a platform with Shah Mahmood Qureshi after the Imran Khan-led government took charge in Pakistan in August this year.

India had earlier accepted and then rejected Pakistan's invitation for foreign minister-level talks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

In the last week of September, Swaraj also left a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) foreign ministers early, which was attended by her Pakistani counterpart.

The two leaders also had a faceoff at the UNGA as well. Without mincing her words, Sushma hit out at Pakistan for its duplicity and expertise in breeding terrorists. Swaraj also talked about why India decided to cancel talks with Islamabad blaming "Pakistan's behaviour". She said three hours after India agreed to hold talks, Pakistan backed militants abducted and killed three policemen in Kashmir.

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