Modi-Nawaz surprise meet praised by global quarters

RSTV Bureau
Photo courtesy: UN

Photo courtesy: UN

United Nations warmly welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan. Reacting to the sudden development that caught almost everyone with surprise on Friday afternoon, the global body said improved ties between the two neighbours will benefit the entire region. The US administration too had welcomed Friday afternoon’s development in the sub-continent.

“We welcome the December 25 visit between PM Modi and PM (Nawaz) Sharif. Better relations between neighbors India and Pakistan will benefit the people of the entire region,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

The US State department had earlier this week, welcomed the warmth in Indo-Pakistan ties, which in the recent past had seen tension due to incessant firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and cancellation of dialogues at several levels.

FILE: PARIS: US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as they pose after a meeting as part of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015 in Le Bourget, Paris. Photo - PTI

FILE: PARIS: US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as they pose after a meeting as part of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015 in Le Bourget, Paris.
Photo – PTI

“We continue to welcome efforts by India and Pakistan to work bilaterally to solve these very difficult, complicated issues. And so that they have started to do that,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told the press in Washington on Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon too welcomed the meeting between the two leaders, hoping that the bilateral dialogue will be maintained and strengthened going forward.

“The Secretary General has long been encouraging both leaders of the two countries to engage in dialogue. He obviously welcomes this visit and this step in the right direction and he hopes that the dialogue will be maintained and strengthened,” a UN spokesperson told the news agency on Saturday.

China too welcomed the surprise meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, saying improvement in Indo-Pak ties is significant for regional peace, stability and development.

“The Chinese side has noticed the report and welcomes the latest development in the Pakistan-India relationship,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said adding, “As the common neighbour and friend of both Pakistan and India, China is happy to see and will support, as always, Pakistan and India to enhance mutual trust and achieve common development through continuous dialogue.”

The relations between India and Pakistan have off-late witnessed thaw after the considerable chill, the period which saw repeated ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) by the Pakistan forces and cancellation of NSA-level talks in August.

But the things swing around remarkably soon paving way for the one-on-one talks between the National Security Advisors (NSA) in Bangkok, followed by Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad and finally the meeting between PM Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of Climate Change Summit in Paris.

The two countries had agreed to launch a comprehensive dialogue after Modi-Sharif meeting in Paris.

(With inputs from the Agencies)