Manmohan Singh, Nawaz Sharif begin talks in New York

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September 29, 2013

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Sunday smiled and shook hands as they began their bilateral talks here on the sidelines of the UN general assembly meeting.

Manmohan Singh meets Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in New York

September 29, 2013

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Sunday smiled and shook hands as they began their bilateral talks here on the sidelines of the UN general assembly meeting.

Manmohan Singh meets Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in New York

The talks were taking place with Thursday's fidayeen attack in Jammu & Kashmir by Pakistani militants in the background in which 12 people were killed.

Manmohan Singh has raised the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil in his bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama and in his speech at the UN general assembly.

Earlier, after winning support on the issue from US President Barack Obama at their Friday summit on "eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, and disrupting terrorist networks" Manmohan Singh on Saturday made the same call before the UN general assembly using strong language. He reasserted what he had told Obama about Pakistan being the "epicenter of terrorism" and how little progress could be expected in peace talks without a shutdown of Pakistan's "terrorist machinery".

Noting that Sharif speaking at the same forum had spoken of "making a new beginning", Manmohan Singh said he reciprocated the Pakistani leader's sentiments, and looked forward to meeting him on Sunday.

"However, for progress to be made, it is imperative that the territory of Pakistan and the areas under its control are not utilized for aiding and abetting terrorism directed against India," Manmohan Singh said.

"It is equally important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance from Pakistan be shut down."


Courtesy: PTI

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