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Manmohan, Nawaz Sharif accept each other's invitations for visits

This was the first meeting between the two after Nawaz Sharif assumed office of the Prime Minister in May, 2013.

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Updated:September 29, 2013, 9:41 PM IST
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Manmohan, Nawaz Sharif accept each other's invitations for visits
This was the first meeting between the two after Nawaz Sharif assumed office of the Prime Minister in May, 2013.

New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Sunday accepted each others invitations to visit their countries. Though no dates have been fixed as yet for the visits.

The two met at New York at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly summit. Terror topped the talks as Manmohan Singh raised the issues of ceasefires and terror strikes emanating from Pakistan's side.

This was the first meeting between the two leaders after Nawaz Sharif assumed the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan in May, 2013.

"Both sides wish to see a better India-Pakistan relationship. Both sides want a much better relationship," India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon told the media here, giving a summary of what the two prime ministers discussed for over an hour.

"In order to get there, we need to address today the issues we face," he added, which he said included restoring "peace and tranquility" along the LoC and addressing issues related to terrorism.

"(It is very important to address the terrorism issue," he underlined, making it clear that while there was no proof of India interfering in the internal affairs of Pakistan, the reverse was not true.

Manmohan Singh also told Sharif that it was vital to bring to book those in Pakistan who masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people including many foreigners.

According to Menion, Sharif said that indeed was Pakistan's intention. The two prime ministers tasked the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both countries to come up with "effective measures" to restore the 2003 ceasefire on the Jammu and Kashmir border.

"The decision was for DGMOs to come up with real plans to restore the ceasefire."

Sharif raised issues of concern to Pakistan including the disputed Siachen glacier and Sir Creek, Menon said.

"Our overall impression was that the meeting was useful, it provided an opportunity to discuss issues that are troubling the relationship," added Menon.

(With additional information from PTI)

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