Nawaz, Modi discuss issues of mutual interest


UFA: The prime ministers of Pakistan and India held bilateral meeting in Russia’s city Ufa, as both the sides hoped for resumption of talks and de-escalation of tension between the two neighboring countries.


The meeting was held in a hotel on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Ufa.

PM Sharif and PM Modi met and shook hands ahead of their meeting which lasted for about 50 minutes. The PMs also shook hands with delegation members.

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

Press briefings by Indian and Pakistani foreign ministry offices are also expected soon after the talks conclude.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was assisted by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi, while the Indian delegation included National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Modi and Sharif on Thursday night exchanged pleasantries and chatted briefly when they came face-to-face at a dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ufa.

According to Indian media reports, Modi raised three issues in his meeting: Militants’ infiltration, Pak-China Economic Corridor and release of alleged plotter of Mumbai attacks, Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, from jail in Pakistan.