Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif and had their first formal talk, since May 2014. The formal bilateral talks lasted for about an hour, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, in Russia.
PM Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif condemned any form of terrorism and decided to take steps to deal with the menace, said the Indo-Pak joint statement.
According to media reports, the two leader raised issues, specifically, cross-border terrorism and the recent release of 26/11 attack mastermind, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
After Modi was warmly received by Sharif, the two leaders took photo-opportunity before their much anticipated meeting. The Indian delegation included the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, while Sartaj Aziz, Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs and national security, was a part of the Pakistani delegation.
The United States welcomed the meeting, reports HT. “We also welcome any steps that both countries can take to try to reduce the tensions,” US state department spokesperson, John Kirby, said. “That’s been our long-standing position.”
“Its good that meet (Indo-Pak) is happening, but one meeting isnt enough for all problems we face,” Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar told ANI. “It is important to have a diplomatic platform, on which matters are hammered out, possibly through long negotiations, and unless and until the dialogue between India and Pakistan is put back on track in Ufa, I think this will be a transient phenomenon.”
Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif last met in Kathmandu, in November 2014, for the SAARC Summit, but they did not have a bilateral meeting.