"It is at a stage in a sense that we are moving forward towards normalization of our relations and the first step has to be peace and tranquility on the line of control. And for that we have agreed that the DGMOs of the two sides will meet and work out arrangements," Singh told reporters while returning from the US to India.
"It will take time to find out what can be done and what is agreed upon is it implemented upon. But these are all steps towards normalization of the relationship," he said.
Singh met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York on Sunday.
Reacting to the "dehati aurat" (rural woman) comments attributed to Sharif, Singh said: "I have learnt to take all these things in my stride but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has denied any such remarks."
Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kicked up a storm in his New Delhi rally over the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif allegedly calling Indian PM Manmohan Singh a "dehati aurat" (rural woman) seeking US support against its neighbour.
Singh said Sharif has said all right things about the relationship between the two neighbouring nations.
"I very much hope that Nawaz Sharif succeeds. He is the democratically elected Prime Minister of a neighbouring country and he has said all the right things about Indo-Pakistan relations. So I sincerely hope and pray that he does succeed in carrying out his mission," Singh said.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-10-2013)