US welcomes Sharif-Modi meeting

WASHINGTON: The US has welcomed the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Russia today, saying the tension between the two South Asian neighbours is not in anyone’s interest.


“We welcome the (upcoming) meeting between Indian and Pakistani leaders there on the sidelines of this conference,” State Department Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters yesterday at his daily news conference when asked about the meeting.

India and Pakistan gave peace another chance when Sharif and Modi met today on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

The two sides discussed outstanding issues in the meeting, hoping for resumption of talks and de-escalation of tension between the two neighboring countries.

This is the first structured meeting between PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif since May 2014.