In a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter account on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the latter called him and appreciated India’s efforts in the rescue operations in quake-hit Nepal.
Modi said Nawaz had also expressed condolences for those who had lost their lives in the earthquake that also hit various parts of India.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, PM Nawaz said that Pakistan and its people express support and solidarity with the government and people of India, and are ready to extend every possible assistance needed.
PM Nawaz also reiterated what he had said during last year’s floods in Pakistan and India that natural disasters of this nature highlight the importance of a joint regional approach for their effective management, the FO said.
The Indian premier said that during the conversation he had suggested that the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations should hold routine joint exercises pertaining to disaster relief and rescue.