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Modi wants to work ‘closely’ with Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in reply to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s letter, has said that he looked forward to working ‘closely’ with him in an atmosphere ‘free of confrontation and violence’. Modi thanked Nawaz for the positive sentiments he expressed about his visit to India last month.The Indian prime minister in his letter, which was released to media on Friday, addressed Nawaz Sharif as ‘Dear Mian Sahib’, and said he was particularly delighted and honoured by Sharif’s participation in the swearing-in ceremony of the new government. “Your presence and that of other leaders from our region not only added a special sheen to the event, but also a celebration of the strength of democracy in our region and a reflection of our collective hopes and shared destinies,” Modi said.
Modi said he was encouraged by discussions on bilateral relations and the convergence in views especially on ‘a relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation that would unleash enormous opportunities for our youth, secure a more prosperous future for our people and accelerate progress across our region’.
Modi also condemned ‘in the strongest terms the terrorists attack in Karachi and conveyed his deepest condolences for the loss of innocent lives in this senseless and barbaric attack’.

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