Speaking to NDTV channel on Saturday, Sharif said,"Manmohan Singh is a good man and I am looking forward to my first meeting with him."
He said he is hoping that Singh would accept his invitation this time to visit Pakistan.
"I will renew my invite to him. His visit is long overdue and I hope he will come and see his native village", he said.
On being asked about the impact of the terror attacks in Jammu over the talks, the Pakistani PM told NDTV: "I condemn the attack in the strongest words. This is a very sad incident and we should work hard to avoid such incidents from repeating."
Speaking on the increasing level of violence along the Line of Control (LoC), Sharif said, "We will propose the setting up of a joint mechanism to monitor tensions along the LoC. We are open to an independent investigation, even one by the UN. If this is not acceptable to India, we can also look at calling a separate meeting of the two foreign secretaries and the DGMOs (Director Generals of Military Operations)."
Ahead of the crucial dialouge between India and Pakistan, Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the 'epicentre' of terrorism in 'our region' is located in the South-Asian nation.
"Terrorism remains a grave threat to security and stability everywhere and extracts a heavy toll of innocent lives around the world. From Africa to Asia, we have seen several manifestations of this menace in the last few days alone. State-sponsored cross-border terrorism is of particular concern to India, also on account of the fact that the epicentre of terrorism in our region is located in our neighbourhood in Pakistan," Singh had said.
He said Pakistan should shut down all 'terrorist machinery' on its soil.
Singh said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and there could not be any compromise with the unity and territorial integrity of India.
"Speaking from this podium yesterday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan spoke of making a new beginning. I reciprocate his sentiments and am looking forward to meeting him tomorrow. India is committed sincerely to resolving all issues with Pakistan, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, through bilateral dialogue on the basis of the Simla Agreement. However, for progress to be made, it is imperative that the territory of Pakistan and the areas under its control are not utilized for aiding and abetting terrorism directed against India," the PM said.
"It is equally important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance from Pakistan be shut down. There must be a clear understanding of the fact Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and that there can never, ever, be a compromise with the unity and territorial integrity of India," Singh said.
Nawaz Sharif on Friday addressed the United Nations General Assembly saying he hoped to "make a new beginning" in his country's ties with India.
--IBNS (Posted on 29-09-2013)