The thaw in India and Pakistan ties got a thumbs up from the The US and UN . Both have welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan, saying improved ties between the two neighbours will benefit the entire region.
“We welcome the December 25 visit between PM Modi and PM (Nawaz) Sharif. Better relations between neighbors India and Pakistan will benefit the people of the entire region,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said.
The spokesman was responding to a question on Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, where he held talks with Sharif. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the meeting between the two leaders, hoping that the bilateral dialogue will be maintained and strengthened going forward.
“The Secretary General has long been encouraging both leaders of the two countries to engage in dialogue. He obviously welcomes this visit and this step in the right direction and he hopes that the dialogue will be maintained and strengthened,” a UN spokesperson said when asked about the UN chief’s response to Modi’s visit to Pakistan, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in more than a decade. Modi, returning from his visit to Russia and Afghanistan, made the surprise visit to Lahore.
It is not only kudos from abroad, PM Modi is getting for his sudden Lahore visit, At home too his party has welcomed the bold move. In Jammu the state BJP today welcomed the surprise visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan saying his recent visits shows his sincere commitment to bring peace in the Indian sub-continent and the world.
“We welcome the surprise visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan. Modi stopping over at Lahore and visiting the ancestral home of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the beginning of new era of friendship between India and Pakistan,” BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said .
He said Modi’s daring visit to Pakistan has left the opposition parties dumbfounded. Congress and other parties are trying to pick up holes and cribbing that opposition should have been taken into confidence, he said, adding Modi is a bold and powerful minister, he doesn’t need anyone’s advice or permission to visit any country, including Pakistan.
Jehangir said the Prime Minister’s visit to Pakistan is a sincere attempt on his part to develop cordial relationship with the neighbouring country.