Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi met on Friday where PM Nawaz rendered an invitation to Modi to Pakistan for the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit in 2016.
It was announced by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during a joint statement issued with Nawaz Sharif and Modi held their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Russia.
According to Aizaz Chaudhry, the Foreign Secretary Pakistan, the meeting was held in a congenial environment and the two exchanged their stances on bilateral and regional welfare.
He said that the two agreed that both the nations have a collective responsibility to work for peace and the promotion of development.
‘To do so, they are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues,’ said the secretary. Further, he said ‘both leaders denounced terrorism and agreed to cooperate with each other to eradicate this threat from the region.’
Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that the two leaders also settled on the following initiatives to be taken by both nations:
- A meeting in New Delhi between the two countries’ national security advisers to discuss all issues connected to terrorism.
- Yearly meetings between director general )DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF_ and DG Pakistan Rangers, followed by that of the directors general of military operations (DGMOs).
- A decision on release of fishermen in each other’s custody along with boats within a period of fifteen days.
- A mechanism for facilitating religious terrorism.
- Discussion on means to expedite the Mumbai case trial including additional information like providing voice samples.
Meanwhile, the meeting lasted for about an hour and was also attended by PM’s Advisor to Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, and Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.
It is a first meeting between the two after MP Nawaz met his Indian counterpart one year ago at his swearing-in ceremony in Delhi.