UN chief welcomes talks between India-Pakistan leaders

NEW YORK - Welcoming the discussion held between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in India, a spokesperson for UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said that the UN is supportive of all efforts towards constructive dialogue.

"We are always for thaws. We always welcome countries that have had issues with each other engaging in a positive and constructive dialogue," Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the meeting between Nawaz and Modi and the thaw in bilateral relationship.

Nawaz was among the eight regional leaders invited by Modi for his swearing-in ceremony on May 26. The two leaders held their first bilateral meeting on Modi's first day of assuming office as India's new prime minister this week. During the meeting, Modi expressed hope that Pakistan-India relations would progress in the economic, cultural and political fields in the same manner that India's ties with her other SAARC neighbours have progressed in recent years.

Nawaz described the 45-minute meeting as "good and constructive" and "held in warm and cordial atmosphere." Nawaz read out a statement to media after his meeting which said that his government stands ready to discuss all issues between the two countries in a spirit of cooperation and sincerity. 

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