In letter to Sharif, he writes: let’s chart new course

According to reports, Modi also condemned the recent terrorist attack at the Karachi airport.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2014 6:17 am
Nawazsharifmodi “I look forward therefore to working closely with you and your government in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course in our bilateral relations,” said Modi. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying he looked forward to charting a “new course” in bilateral relations in an atmosphere “free from confrontation and violence”.

Responding to Sharif’s letter of June 2, Modi has said that “a relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation would unleash enormous opportunities for our youth, secure a more prosperous future for our people and accelerate progress across our region.”

He also condemned the terror strike in Karachi earlier this week and conveyed his “deepest condolences” for the loss of innocent lives in this “senseless and barbaric” attack.

Modi said he was encouraged by discussions with Sharif during his visit to Delhi on bilateral relations and the convergence on views.

“I look forward therefore to working closely with you and your government in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course in our bilateral relations,” he said, according to the text of the letter released by Pakistan today.

Sharif had written to Modi expressing satisfaction over his visit to Delhi for the swearing-in of the new government on May 26. The two leaders had then held talks to discuss the future of the bilateral relationship.

He thanked Sharif for attending the oath taking ceremony.

“Your presence and that of other leaders from our region not only added a special sheen to the event, but also a celebration of the strength of democracy in our region and a reflection of our collective hopes and shared destinies,” he wrote.

In the letter, Modi also wrote, “I also take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms the terrorists attack in Karachi and convey my deepest condolences for the loss of innocent lives in this senseless and barbaric attack.”

He thanked for the letter which Sharif wrote on June and also for the gift of sari that Sharif send for his mother,
saying it is “a gesture that she has deeply appreciated”. — PTI

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Congress has no objection in it. Claiming Mr Narendra Modi has changed seems like a ploy, so they can hide that they have not been (and are not) intellectually honest. Not only Indians but Global community has realized India as a growth engine for economic revival. And Modi is a proven performer.
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    BT
    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:52 am
    The mistake of splitting a great nation by a "Divide and Rule" tactic can't unfortunately be undone. However, India/stan can understand and learn to live with strong cooperation and be a growth oriented and powerful region. The culture, language most other things are just too common to ignore and continue being the victim of an age old tactical split. Difficult but possible.
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    phil
    Jun 13, 2014 at 8:35 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the hope for a peaceful world. If the PM could build strong friendship between China,India, Russia, stan and Iran then we will be again human. God bless Mr Modi.
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