PARIS:(APS)Nov 30,2015- The informal meeting with Modi comes three days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan was ready for talks with India without preconditions. The premier gave these remarks during meeting with British counterpart David Cameron on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Maltese capital.
The prime ministers of Pakistan and India met in what appeared to be a chance encounter on Monday as world leaders converged for the inauguration of the UN Conference of Parties (CoP) 21 climate summit in Paris.
Diplomatic sources privy to the above meeting told media that the Indian PM Narendra Modi was interested in meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
The meeting between the PMs of two neighbouring countries is being termed a big breakthrough in the backdrop of border-related tensions and the unfriendly climate for Pakistani artists, cricketers and writers in India.
Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif were among other world leaders who had gathered at the venue where the world climate summit was to be opened.
When Modi and Sahrif faced each other, the former came up to the latter of his own accord, shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Next, they took a seat beside each other on a couch. A TV footage showed both the leaders sitting close to each other.
During the meeting, PM Modi expressed the desire for cordial ties with Pakistan. “We wish to improve the situation in connection with Pakistan,” Narendra Modi said.
PM Nawaz Sharif reciprocated PM Modi’s welcome gesture with these words: “Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence with neighbours.”
The Pakistan premier said Pakistan attaches highest significance to its principled stance. “Pakistan desires better bilateral relations with India,” he added.
Nawaz Sharif said: “We want peace without any compromise on the dignity and honour of Pakistan.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already given his nod to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a Pakistan-India cricket series at a neutral venue in Sri Lanka.