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PM Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan next year for SAARC summit: Sushma Swaraj

This will be the first prime ministerial visit from India to Pakistan since Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Pakistan in January 2004

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: December 9, 2015 5:13 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan to attend the SAARC Summit likely to be held in September 2016, in what will be the first prime ministerial visit here from India in 12 years.

The disclosure of Modi’s visit was made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here in yet another indicator of a positive turn in bilateral ties after recent chill.

“He will be coming,” Swaraj told reporters when asked if Modi will visit Pakistan to attend the Summit.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the last Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan who had come here in January 2004 and attended the SAARC summit besides holding talks with then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Vajpayee’s successor Manmohan Singh did not undertake any visit to Pakistan despite his desire to do so.

Earlier, Indian officials said Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to attend the SAARC Summit was reflected in the Ufa joint statement.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had invited Modi for the SAARC Summit when they had met for a bilateral meeting in the Russian city of Ufa in July.

The meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is slated to be held in Pakistan in September next year.

Sharif had attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 which had generated lot of goodwill.

However, ties were strained between the two neighbours over border firing and a series of ceasefire violations in the last few months.

Talks between India-Pakistan National Security Advisors were cancelled recently because of a dispute over the agenda as India wanted to discuss terror attacks and Pakistan insisted on raising Kashmir.

The two National Security Advisors met in Bangkok on Sunday last, where they discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and a range of key bilateral issues apart from agreeing to carry forward the “constructive” engagement.

Swaraj arrived here on a two-day visit to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan.

In her address at the meet today, she said it was time the two countries display “maturity and self-confidence” to do business with each other as the world was rooting for a change and offered to move cooperation at a pace Pakistan is comfortable with.

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  1. M
    Dec 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm
    stan is a resort for ruthless fugitives like Dawood. So it is very appropriate for Modi to ESCAPE to stan that to after IS-IL has threatened him.
    1. P
      Dec 9, 2015 at 11:34 am
      Looks like Modi heeded to the demands of his mesmerized bakths who have been asking all their enemies to be driven to stan!,
      1. Faizan Khan
        Dec 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm
        1. Mayur Panghaal
          Dec 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm
          10 pak heads will be in Sushma Swaraj's bag when she comes back from Pak. Happy new year !!
          1. Mayur Panghaal
            Dec 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm
            So finally India is replying to pak in the same language ...lol..ha ha ha......remember those speeches of Modi claiming to bring back 10 pak heads ? remember all the rhetoric of 'manmohan writing love letters' to pak ? I think love letters were written by Manmohan and dating is done by Sushma.What an irony !! Looks like this govt is expert at a U turn on everything.Faking data,lying,failing to curb corruption,failure in bringing back black money. Ek chaiwale ne pure desh ko ullu bana diya !! What more proof you want that this is a country of fools ?? Enjoy acche din for next 3 yrs.
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