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No formal Modi-Sharif meeting in Nepal but India doesn't rule out informal talks between the PMs

Nov 24, 2014 08:47 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are unlikely to have a formal meeting during his visit to Kathmandu in Nepal. However, according to sources, an informal meeting can be held between the two ministers at the sidelines of the SAARC summit.

The Indian government has maintained that it is keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian leaders as possible. Answering queries from mediapersons, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India is for cooperative and peaceful ties with Pakistan.

The Prime Minister is keen "to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian colleagues as possible", he said.

India and Pakistan have not held talks since August after Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatists leaders ahead of the joint secretary level talks.

There were no talks between the the two Prime Ministers at the sidelines of the UNGA summit in United States of America in September 2014.

Modi will leave November 25 afternoon for the summit in Kathmandu, being held November 26-27, and is scheduled to return November 27 late evening.