PM Modi to hold bilateral meet with Sharif on Friday

RSTV Bureau

PM-Modi-depart-1Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Ufa in Russia on Friday morning on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

“It is confirmed. PM @narendramodi and PM Nawaz Sharif will have a bilateral meeting in Ufa tomorrow at 9.15 am on sidelines of SCO Summit,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

The confirmation came hours after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that there were possibilities that the two leaders could meet.

“Whenever there are multilateral Summits like BRICS and SCO, usually there are bilateral meetings on the sidelines,” said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday.

According to sources, PM Modi will raise the issue of terror in the meeting with Nawaz Sharif.

Off late, some leaders in both India and Pakistan have been embroiled in sharp exchange of remarks, especially after the Indian army’s counter-insurgency operation in north-eastern border along Myanmar.

However, both PM Modi and Pakistani PM Sharif recently made goodwill gestures to improve bilateral ties. The Government of India released 88 Pakistan fishermen, while the Pakistan side reciprocated by releasing 111 Indian fishermen.

PM Modi also exchanged greetings with Nawaz Sharif over the telephone in the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan.

PM Modi and PM Sharif last met in Kathmandu at the SAARC Summit in November 2014 where they did not have a bilateral meeting.

(With inputs from PTI)