India’s reply to Pak’s desire for better bilateral ties discouraging: Sharif

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Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on 21 October, said, New Delhi’s response to Islamabad’s desire for better bilateral relations has not been encouraging.

He said this while referring to Kashmir as the bone of contention between Indian and Pakistani relations. Sharif indicted this while addressing the Pakistani diaspora, soon after arriving in the United States, on a four-day official visit.

The Kashmir dispute between the two neighbouring countries will have to be resolved for peace and stability in the region.

Earlier, Sharif was received at the Andrews Airforce Base, by Assistant Secretary of State, Peter Selfridge, and accorded a guard of honour by the United States armed forces.

During the visit, Sharif will hold discussions on various issues of bilateral interest, with the US President Barack Obama, on October 22, Vice-President Joe Biden, and members. Sharif will also interact with members of the US Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as senior US Government officials.

The US President wanted to strengthen ties between security forces of both countries, in order to counter extremist forces in that region. “What Barack Obama wanted to do is to strengthen the ties between the two countries…in countering extremist forces in that region of the world.”

“I am confident that Obama will come to the meeting with Sharif with some ideas about what the Pakistanis need to do to strengthen ties between US and Pakistan and to advance our security interests,” he said.

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