Sunday, November 23, 2014

Narendra Modi to Talk with Nawaz Sharif at 18th SAARC summit

India's Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is travelling to neighboring country Nepal on Tuesday for attending the 18th SAARC summit to be held in capital Kathmandu. PM Modi is expected to meet all top Saarc leaders, including his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Though there is no proposal for a bilateral meeting with Sharif, PM is expected to have a meaningful dialogue with as many Saarc leaders as possible and would handle all aspects of relationships.

The schedule of the bilateral meets are yet to be finalized whereas India is willing to have peaceful and cooperative relations with Pakistan constructing the framework under the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration.

This will be Modi's second visit to Nepal after taking over as PM and the visit is expected to have a substantive bilateral component.

Update on 25th Nov, 9:19 NT:
On tuesday, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif said that his side is ready to hold talks but it is up to India to re-start the negotiations which were called off by it "unilaterally".

He blamed India for cancelling the meeting unilaterally.

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