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UN chief welcomes talks between India-Pakistan leaders

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United Nations welcoming the discussion held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in India, a spokesperson for U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has said that the U.N. is supportive of all efforts towards constructive dialogue.

“We are always for thaws. We always welcome countries that have had issues with each other engaging in a positive and constructive dialogue,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Sharif and the thaw in bilateral relationship.

Mr. Sharif was among the eight regional leaders invited by Mr. Modi for his swearing-in ceremony on May 26.

The two leaders held their first bilateral meeting on Mr. Modi’s first day of assuming office as India’s new Prime Minister this week.

During the meeting, Mr. Modi expressed hope that India-Pakistan relations would progress in the economic, cultural and political fields in the same manner that India’s ties with her other SAARC neighbours have progressed in recent years.

Mr. Sharif described the 45-minute meeting as “good and constructive” and “held in warm and cordial atmosphere.”

He read out a statement to media after his meeting which said that his government stands ready to discuss all issues between the two countries in a spirit of cooperation and sincerity.

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