UFA: India´s Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted an invitation Friday from his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend a regional summit in Islamabad next year in what would be his first visit to Pakistan.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Pakistan for the SAARC Summit in 2016. Prime Minister Modi accepted that invitation,” said a joint statement from the governments after the two leaders met in Russia.
Briefing the newsmen about the meeting, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said the two prime ministers condemned terrorism in all its forms. They agreed to cooperate to eliminate this menace in South Asia.
Chaudhry said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and both sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional issues.
Indian External Affairs Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said the two countries have also agreed to hold a meeting in New Delhi to discuss matters pertaining to elimination of terrorism.
He said an early meeting between DG Indian border security force and DG Rangers Pakistan will be held which will be followed by the meeting of DGMOs. He also said a decision has been taken to release fishermen in each other’s country with boats within a period of 15 days.
He said a mechanism will be devised to facilitate religious tourism.
The Indian external affairs secretary said the two leaders also discussed ways and means to expedite the Mumbai attack case.
Modi and Sharif met while attending a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation which is being held in the Russian city of Ufa.
Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit: joint statement
UFA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held a on Friday meeting during which the Indian premier accepted PM Nawaz’s invitation to Pakistan for the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit in 2016.
The announcement was made by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during a joint statement issued with his Pakistani counterpart after Nawaz and Modi held their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russia.
Foreign Secretary Pakistan Aizaz Chaudhry said that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral and regional interest.
He added that the two leaders agreed that both India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development.
“To do so, they are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues,” Chaudhry said during the briefing. The foreign secretary further said, “Both leaders condemned terrorism and agreed to cooperate with each other to eliminate this menace from south Asia”.
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