Jaishankar flew-in here as part of his "SAARC yatra" and held extensive talks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhary besides calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz. Read more: No dramatic results expected from Foreign Secretary's Pakistan visit: India
Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam used the term "ice-breaking" while summing-up the discussions, a view with which Indian sources concurred.
On his part, Jaishankar said the talks were held in "constructive and positive atmosphere". He had conveyed India's concerns on cross-border terrorism, including issues relating to the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai.
The parleys appear to have provided the two sides to move ahead on the road towards resumption of their dialogue which was interrupted seven months ago when India called-off foreign secretary-level talks at the eleventh hour because the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi held consultations with Kashmiri separatists.
"The two Secretaries tried building blocks to move forward. There was a forward-looking intent. They seem to be making progress in the pursuit of normalisation of ties," Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi.
After his talks with Chaudhary, the Foreign Secretary said, "My visit provided an opportunity to discuss our bilateral relations. We engaged on each other's concerns and interests in an open manner. We agreed to work together to find common ground and narrow differences.”
"I reiterated our known concerns on cross-border terrorism, including on the Mumbai case,” he said.
The two Foreign Secretaries held an hour-long discussion before they broke-off for call-ons by Jaishankar on Aziz and PM's Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi. Jaishankar and Chaudhary resumed their discussions over working lunch which also lasted for over an hour.
This is the first comprehensive meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan after 2012.
"We agreed that ensuring peace and tranquillity on the border was vital," Jaishankar said.
The Foreign Secretary also said that during the talks with Chaudhary ideas and initiatives to take SAARC forward were discussed.
"I am glad to be here as part of the Prime Minister's initiative of a SAARC Yatra. I conveyed the expectations of our leadership on SAARC and their determination to forge a cooperative relationship with all our neighbours.
"We discussed ideas and initiatives to take SAARC forward. Pakistan will be the next SAARC Chair and India would like to work with Pakistan to help SAARC achieve its potential," he said.
Jaishankar flew-in here as part of his "SAARC yatra" and held extensive talks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhary besides calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz.
Read more: No dramatic results expected from Foreign Secretary's Pakistan visit: India