New Delhi, May 27 UNI | 2 months ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif today held discussions on various bilateral issues, including terrorism.


Although nothing officially was available immediately, sources said Prime Minister Modi had conveyed India's concerns and said talks and terror could not go together.

The talks which lasted nearly 50 minutes, mainly focussed on an "economic agenda", with both Prime Ministers deciding to carry forward programmes for growth in bilateral relations, the sources said.

Earlier Mr Modi said in his conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he shared some very emotional things.

He said Mr Sharif had told him that although he stayed in Islamabad, he went to meet his mother once a week.

"Nawaz Sharif ji told me that he stays in Islamabad but goes to meet his mother once in a week," Mr Modi said.

Mr Modi said this time when he was eating with his mother, he saw visuals on TV of Mr Modi's mother offering him sweets.

"My mother offering me sweets. The visuals touched both Nawaz Sharif ji and his mother. He told me that after seeing the visuals his mother got very emotional.

Mr Sharif arrived here yesterday to attend Mr Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

He was among eight SAARC Heads of State invited for the ceremony.

The meeting between Mr Modi and Mr Sharif lasted for about half an hour.

The Pakistani Prime Minister, in an interview with a TV channel yesterday, had described his visit as "a great moment and a great opportunity."

"I intend taking up threads from where (Atal Behari) Vajpayee and I left off in 1999...Both governments have a strong mandate. This could help in turning a new page in our relations...We should remove fears, mistrust and misgivings about each other," he said.

Earlier, Mr Modi held bilaterals with other SAARC leaders.

(Posted on 28-05-2014)