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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Parliament (file picture)IANS

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to travel to Pakistan next week for a multilateral meeting, a move that could break the impasse in Indo-Pak ties, according to a PTI report.

Swaraj was invited to Pakistan which is hosting a 14-nation ministerial-level conference on December 8 to discuss regional cooperation on Afghanistan. New Delhi had not given any sign whether she will attend.

Informed sources said in New Delhi that prospects of the Indian minister's visit were "fairly bright" but a final decision was likely to be announced by Friday.

The MEA Spokesperson, however, maintained that though the invitation from Pakistan has been accepted for the conference the level of participation has not been decided so far.

Swaraj's possible visit may also indicate breaking of impasse created in Indo-Pak ties after the cancellation of a meeting between the NSAs of the two countries in August amid mutual blame game.

Significantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a brief but warm chat with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of climate meet in Paris last Monday after which Sharif told Pakistani media that the talks were held in a "good way, in a good environment".

"I had good discussions with the Indian Prime Minister in a good way, in a good environment and even they have expressed that we should take our issues forward. And we also have the same opinion and hope," he said.