Nawaz, Modi agree to improve ties: FO

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agreed to improve relations and enhance contacts between both the countries, said Foreign Office in a statement issued after a meeting between both the leaders here on Friday.


Earlier, talking to media Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said the meeting was constructive and took place in a pleasant atmosphere.

He said Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar and Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were also present during the meeting.

When asked whether the visit was already scheduled, the secretary said Indian prime minister telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at 11:30 on Friday and expressed his desire to visit Islamabad.

“Prime minister informed Mr Modi he was staying in Lahore, and invited him here,” he said, adding that the Indian prime minister wished Mr Sharif a happy birthday.

“The visit was arranged on a short notice. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and National Security Advisor Nasir Janjua would have also joined the meeting, had they informed us earlier,” Azaz Chaudhry said.

He said Pakistan’s civil and military leadership was on same page, adding that comprehensive dialogue between the two countries would move forward and foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan would meet in Islamabad next month.