Monday Nov 30, 2015

Nawaz upbeat over talks with Modi at Paris summit

Nawaz upbeat over talks with Modi at Paris summit
PARIS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sounded upbeat over a meeting held on Monday with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of a climate summit in Paris.

“The meeting took place in a pleasant atmosphere,” said PM Sharif while talking to newsmen after his informal meeting with Narendra Modi.

“I don’t want to comment on what came under discussion at the meeting,” Nawaz Sharif said, asserting, ‘if we really keep positive sentiments for one another, we must take practical steps towards their fulfillment.’

He said both the countries must take matters forward in a positive fashion.

“We want to make progress and improve both internal and external matters,” he said, adding, all states should adopt the path of dialogue for resolution of issues.

He said he also held a meeting with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and UK prime minister David Cameron, adding, positive discussions were held in all these meetings.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had an informal meeting on the sidelines of a grand climate summit in the French capital.

Diplomatic sources privy to the above meeting told Geo News that the Indian PM Narendra Modi was interested in meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

The meeting between the PMs of two neighbouring countries is being termed a breakthrough in the backdrop of border-related tensions and the unfriendly climate for Pakistani artists, cricketers and writers in India.

Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif were among other world leaders who had gathered at the venue where the world climate summit was to be opened.

When Modi and Sahrif faced each other, the former came up to the latter of his own accord, shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Next, they took a seat beside each other on a couch. A TV footage showed both the leaders sitting close to each other.

During the meeting, PM Modi expressed the desire for cordial ties with Pakistan. “We wish to improve the situation in connection with Pakistan,” Narendra Modi said.

PM Nawaz Sharif reciprocated PM Modi’s welcome gesture with these words: “Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence with neighbours.”

The Pakistan premier said Pakistan attaches highest significance to its principled stance. “Pakistan desires better bilateral relations with India,” he added.

Nawaz Sharif said: “We want peace without any compromise on the dignity and honour of Pakistan.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already given his nod to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a Pakistan-India cricket series at a neutral venue in Sri Lanka.

However, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) awaits its government's approval for the bilateral series.