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Modi urges talks with Pakistan
August 21, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for dialogue with Pakistan in a letter to its newly elected leader and Pakistan also saw talks with its old rival as the “only way forward”, Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Monday.

New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan offered an olive branch to India after his election victory last month, proposing talks to resolve a long-standing dispute over the Kashmir region. The two leaders spoke by telephone late last month.

“The Indian prime minister has sent a letter in which he congratulated Imran Khan and... he has sent a message to open talks,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in the capital, Islamabad.

An Indian foreign ministry official confirmed Modi wrote to Khan on Saturday and “expressed India’s commitment to build good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan and pursue meaningful and constructive engagement for the benefit of the people of the region”.

Reuters

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