The announcement comes on the back of a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia by new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had been expected to push for financial assistance from Islamabad's ally to help Pakistan deal with a brewing currency crisis.
Pakistan, he said, wanted to assure the people of Saudi Arabia that the country would always stand by them just as "Saudi Arabia stood by us in bad times". "We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute", the Prime Minister wrote.
India confirmed on Thursday that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in NY later this month in response to a letter from Prime Minister Imran Khan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking such a meeting.
PM Imran in his letter acknowledged that the relations between both the countries face several challenges but that Pakistan is ready for talks on all issues, including terrorism.
Building on the mutual desire for peace between our two countries, I wish to propose a meeting between Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the External Affairs Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in NY.
Khan's letter was in response to PM Modi's communication to the former seeking a "meaning and constructive" engagement between the two countries.
"India has accepted the Pakistani prime minister's suggestion", the spokesperson added. The minister later said his comments were taken out of context, and Pakistani officials reassured Beijing there would be no delay.
PM Imran Khan also offered prayers inside the Kaaba. We already have very good relationship with China; we need good relationship with Afghanistan and India.
Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism.
India on Thursday rejected Pakistan's proposal for hosting the next SAARC summit in Islamabad as proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Days later, he said Islamabad and New Delhi must resort to dialogue to resolve all conflicts, including Kashmir.
India has blamed Pakistan-based groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed for cross-border attacks that derailed the peace process and stalled the Saarc Summit, which was to be hosted by Islamabad in November 2016. "The matter pertains to the Ministry of Finance but we are open", he said.