New Delhi, May 27 UNI | 2 months ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif held talks here today with the Pakistan Prime Minister expressing desire to start a new era of friendship with India with focus on resolving all outstanding issues and bringing peace and prosperity in the region.


"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed the desire to start a new era of friendship with India with focus on resolving all outstanding issues and bringing peace and prosperity in the region," Pakistan television said.

Both sides discussed various issues and ways to move forward the dialogue process to resolve these issues.

Mr Sharif said people of both countries wanted cordial and friendly relations and it was an opportunity for their leaderships to come up to their expectations.

He said people in both countries had given heavy mandate to their leadership which reflected their desire for peace and prosperity.

Mr Sharif said people in both the countries were peace loving and against an arms race.

Mr Sharif told Mr Modi that both countries had wasted precious time and resources which should have been diverted towards peace and stability.

The Pakistan Prime Minister said the two countries had traditional and cultural affinities and time had come to transform these affinities into strong bonds.

He said both countries were facing common challenges of poverty and illiteracy and there should be utmost effort to serve the people in both the countries.

He also referred to his meeting with former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and paid tributes to his leadership.

He said he had great respect for Mr Vajpayee who tried to play a role to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries.

He expressed his desire that Pakistan wants to restore its relations with India as were in 1999.

(Posted on 28-05-2014)