Right atmosphere needed to start talks with Pakistan: Indian envoy

India is ready for talks with Pakistan but a “right atmosphere” is needed before any dialogue could be resumed, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bombawale said on Thursday.

“We have been saying that proper atmosphere was required for talks,” Bombawale said. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan on December 25 and had a very good meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

But soon the “right atmosphere created by the visit was destroyed” due to the Pathankot attack, he said in a brief interaction with reporters during an Iftar-dinner organised by the Indian High Commission at a hotel here.

Responding to a question, Bombawale said India is ready to discuss all issues including Sir Creek once the talks started after creation of right atmosphere for dialogue. The Iftar-dinner was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life and the guests expressed desire for peaceful ties between the two countries. The relations between the two sides deteriorated after Pathankot attack earlier this year and all efforts have failed to revive the peace talks.