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Suspense looms over Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC summit, Pak to respond if India 'requests'

Pakistan yet again put the ball in India's court on Monday and said it would mull talking on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu only if Indian representatives proposed such a move.


Suspense looms over Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC summit, Pak to respond if India 'requests'

New Delhi: Pakistan yet again put the ball in India's court on Monday and said it would mull talking on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu only if Indian representatives proposed such a move.

Talking to scribes ahead of the meeting in Nepal, Sartaj Aziz – the advisor to Pak Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, said, "(There are) no plans yet. If she (Sushma Swaraj) requests, then I will."

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's reaction too showed that the Modi government was keeping cards close to its chest over a possible meet with Pakistani representatives in Nepal. Swaraj said, "Wait till tomorrow."

On Sunday, India did not rule out a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pak counterpart Mian Nawaz Sharif at the SAARC Summit, and said it was keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian leaders as possible.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India was in favour of cooperative and peaceful ties with Pakistan. "Prime Minister Modi is keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian colleagues as possible," he said.

"This would mean taking into account all aspects of relationships," he added.

He said the schedule of the bilateral meetings was being finalised, and added, "Our intent is to have meaningful dialogues."

Modi will leave November 25 afternoon for the summit in Kathmandu, being held November 26-27, and is scheduled to return November 27 late evening.

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