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PM Modi accepts Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan in 2016

According to reports, Prime Minister Modi raised India’s concerns on terror and the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

The joint statement issued after the meeting condemns terrorism in all forms. It says that NSA’s of two countries will discuss all outstanding issues in New Delhi.  PM Modi also accepted Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan in 2016 for SAARC summit.

A significant development which emerged out of the meeting is that both sides agreed to expedite the trial relating to 2008 Mumbai attack, an issue India has raised multiple times in the past.

The meeting between the Prime Ministers of both countries came a day after Pakistani troops had fired at a Border Security Force forward post in Kashmir, killing a jawan. This was the second such incident in the past week.

A very short joint statement has been issued by the Foreign Secretaries of both India and Pakistan.  The statement says that both leaders have condemned terror in all its front  and are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues between the two countries.

The two countries also decided to expedite the trials relating to Mumbai terror attack.

A big takeaway from the meeting is that talks between India and Pakistan will now continue in the NSA level- and it will be held in New Delhi.

Modi-Sharif meeing ends after nearly an hour. Statements from respective foreign secretaries are likely to be issued soon but there is no clarity if there would be a joint statement.

354309-modi-sharif-ufa-ptiThe two leaders after posing for photo-ops have got down to business with their respective delegations.

Indian delegation includes NSA Ajit Doval known for his tough stand  on terror and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Sartaj Aziz, Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs and national security is accompanying Nawaz Sharif in this meeting among others.


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