Tashkent Agreement Shastri

On the evening of January 9, it seemed that the talks were failing, as both sides were not ready to compromise on their respective stands. Morning newspapers in India, on January 10 – brought dispatches from Indian correspondents in the Prime Minister`s entourage in Tashkent – Indian Malhotra (Statesman), Krishan Bhatta (Hindustan Times), Dev Murarka (Indian Express), Kuldip Nayyar (UNI) and G.K. Reddy (Times of India). They all reported a virtual failure of conversations. While the Indian Malhotra said, “Mr. Kossygin was desperately trying to save the conversations from total failure and collapse.” Bhatia said: “If not surprising, the Tashkent conference is expected to end tomorrow with an unequivocal disagreement between Prime Minister Shastri and Pakistani President Ayub Khan.” In accordance with the Tashkent Declaration, ministerial talks were held on 1 and 2 March 1966. Despite the fact that these discussions were unproductive, diplomatic exchanges continued throughout the spring and summer.

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