WASHINGTON: The United States hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to New Delhi

The United States hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to New Delhi for the initiatory observance of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, and expressed support to strengthen dialogue between the two South Asian neighbors.

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“We receive the news of Prime Minister Sharif’s visit to India for Prime Minister Modi’s inauguration and their subsequent bilateral meeting,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

” Generally speaking, we continue to welcome any and all steps that India and Pakistan need to tone up their dialogue and cooperation,” she told newsmen at the daily briefing, when asked to gloss on the confluence between the leadership of the two nuclear forces.

Nevertheless, the spokesperson referred reporters to the relevant Pakistani and Indian officials on the essence of the meeting that took office in New Delhi on Tuesday, a day after Modi took oath of office after securing a landslide victory in the countrywide elections.

The spokesperson also reaffirmed U.S. support for economic efforts towards South Asian stability.

“We applaud any efforts between India and Pakistan to create economic opportunities for the citizenry of both states that would conduce to a more safe, stable and prosperous neighborhood,” Psaki said

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