PM Modi to hold one-on-one talks with Nawaz Sharif today

A day after taking oath as the 15th prime minister of India, Narendra Modi will have his first international assignment on Tuesday – a one-on-one meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who is in India at the invitation of the BJP leader.

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: May 27, 2014, 06:15 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: A day after taking oath as the 15th prime minister of India, Narendra Modi will have his first international assignment on Tuesday – a one-on-one meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who is in India at the invitation of the BJP leader.

Ahead of his swearing-in yestereday, Modi had invited leaders of all SAARC nations to attend the ceremony. Sharif too had obliged, like leaders of all other South Asian nations.

Apart from Sharif, Modi will also hold talks with all other SAARC leaders.
Modi, who had spoken to the Pakistani PM yesterday as well, later said on Twitter that Sharif told him about his mother who had become emotional seeing his (Modi`s) meeting with his mother on TV following the BJP`s emphatic win in Lok Sabha polls.

While Modi later today meets all SAARC leaders plus the Mauritius prime minister, the spotlight however will be on his meeting with Sharif considering India and Pakistan share a troubled relationship.

The ties have been besieged by ceasefire violations along LoC and Pak-sponsored terror in India, especialy Islamabad`s failure to bring to justice perpetrators of the ghastly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Sharif had said before leaving for India that he was carrying a message of peace; it remains to be seen how much of that translates into action and commitment to India.
As a start, Sharif in a goodwill gesture Sunday ordered the release of 151 Indian prisoners held in Pakistani jails.

Modi is slated to meet Sharif at 11.45 am, after winding up talks with all other visiting foreign leaders.

Modi`s first meeting today will be with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at Hyderabad House at 9.30 am.

It will be followed by meetings with Maldives President Abdullah Yameen, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will also meet Modi.

While Sharif, Karzai, Yameen, Rajapaksa and Ramgoolam will go back to their respective countries today, Tobgay, Chaudhury and Koirala are scheduled to leave tomorrow.