5-point agenda in 50-minute ice-breaker meeting at Hyderabad House

Political observers can see Nawaz’s visit as significant

NEW DELHI – The 50-minute meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House had a five-point agenda, Indian media reported on Tuesday.

Nawaz Sharif was accompanied by Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and other high officials while India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other high-level officials assisted the new prime minister in the talks, held at the ceremonial Hyderabad House.

The two leaders had a firm handshake and posed for photographers before heading towards the meeting room for talks. The Indian media reported that no breakthrough was expected during the meeting which will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations, which may go a long a way in reducing tensions.

The two leaders talked about ways to enhance cooperation in the field of trade during the meeting. They also discussed measures to eliminate terrorism from the region. A decision to hold a meeting between the interior secretaries of Pakistan and India was also taken.

Modi also informed the visiting leader that the trial of those accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was too slow and no action had been taken the plotters. The attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan was also reportedly discussed. Nawaz’s visit is seen as significant by political observers but hardline elements in India have expressed their unhappiness over his responding to the invitation positively.

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