Narendra Modi accepts Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan for Saarc summit in 2016

Prie Minister Narendra Modi accepted Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan for Saarc summit in 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.

In a rare moment, the two foreign secretaries — India’s S. Jaishankar and Aizaz Chaudhry of Pakistan — addressed a ‘very productive meeting between PM Modi and PM Sharif’.

“The meeting between India-Pak prime ministers was held in a cordial atmosphere,” said Aizaz Chaudhry, Pakistan foreign secretary. “Both countries are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues. They have condemned terrorism is all its forms,” he added.

India’s foreign secretary added that both leaders agreed on a meeting in Delhi between two NSAs to discuss all issues connected to terrorism. The two ministers also spoke about freeing fishermen from both sides within 15 days.

“The two sides decided to release within 15 days fishermen in each other’s custody and their boats,” S. Jaishankar added.

Earlier, Narendra Modi was warmly received by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif before their much-anticipated meeting here on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. The two leaders shook hands and posed for photographers before settling down for delegation-level talks.

Indian delegation included National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar while Sartaj Aziz, Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs and national security, was in the Pakistani delegation.

Setting the tone for the meeting, Modi and Sharif last night exchanged pleasantries and chatted briefly when they came face-to-face at a dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for leaders of five BRICS countries and 10 SCO nations here.

The two leaders, who are here to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, are expected to discuss the status of the bilateral ties and the future direction.

Modi and Sharif were last together in Kathmandu in November last for the SAARC Summit but they did not have a bilateral meeting because of acrimony between the two countries at that time.