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Pak's newly appointed foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood assumes office

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's seasoned on Wednesday took over as the country's new

Before being appointed as the foreign secretary, Mahmood served as Pakistan's to

"assumed charge and called on the today," said.

Mahmood replaced Tehmina Janjua, who retired on April 16 after serving in the position for two years.

congratulated the on assuming charge.

During the meeting, the two discussed the different contours of foreign policy.

Mahmood was appointed as to in August 2017. He was serving as to when sent to

He previously also served at and in addition to other posting in his long career.

In an interview to PTI before leaving for this week, Mahmood said is hoping for "re-engagement" with India after the Lok Sabha polls as structured dialogue will help the two countries understand mutual concerns, resolve disputes and build the edifice of durable peace and security.

Mahmood also said there was a need for an "objective" narrative about in India which could facilitate peaceful, cooperative and good neighbourly ties.

The relations between India and remained tense since 2016. Their ties further nose-dived following a string of cross-border terror attacks in 2016 and India's subsequent surgical strikes.

Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's district on February 14.

Amid mounting outrage, the (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, retaliated and downed a in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 16:30 IST