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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

Modi Sharif talks working together

By Malladi Rama Rao
New Delhi, 28 May, (

The usual Indian concerns about terror and slow pace of trial in Pakistan of 26/11 terror case figured in the Modi-Sharif talks that went beyond the scheduled 30 minutes by almost twenty minutes here on 27 May.

The Foreign Secretaries of both the countries have been directed to remain in touch, and both take forward full trade normalization on the basis of the September 2012 Pakistan-India roadmap

Both leaders also discussed ways to expand trade ties at their meeting which was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh on the Indian side, and Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Policy Sartaj Aziz, Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, PM Principal Secretary Javed Aslam, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on the Pakistani side.

Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh described the meeting as good and substantive. Pakistan side termed the talks as "good and constructive".

In a statement to the media, before he left for home, Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif said both sides will have to strive to change confrontation into cooperation. He added his government stands ready to discuss all issues between the two countries, in a spirit of cooperation and sincerity.

“We agreed that our meeting in New Delhi should be a historic opportunity for both our countries. I pointed out that we were at the beginning of our respective tenures, with a clear mandate. This provides us the opportunity of meeting the hopes and aspirations of our peoples that we will succeed in turning a new page in our relations. The one and a half billion people of the two countries want us to focus on their well-being and welfare”, Sharif said in his statement, saying that he intended to pick up the threads of the Lahore Declaration.

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PM Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi
Modi Sharif talks working together
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