Modi’s Pak­istan visit makes a splash in US me­dia

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Wash­ing­ton: In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s sur­prise stop in Pak­istan to meet his coun­ter­part Nawaz Sharif has made quite a splash here, with the US me­dia hail­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of his “spon­ta­neous per­sonal diplo­macy”. The Wall Street Jour­nal said Modi’s “ges­ture” was “likely to lend mo­men­tum to a ten­ta­tive rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process be­tween the es­tranged, nu­clear-armed neigh­bours”. The in­flu­en­tial Wash­ing­ton Post said that with his sur­prise stop in Pak­istan, Modi had “pressed the re­set but­ton on the blow-hot-blow-cold re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two nu­clear-armed neigh­bours, paving the way for of­fi­cial di­a­logue to re­sume next month”. The New York Times said the tense re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan “have long wor­ried Amer­i­can pol­icy makers, who fear that proxy wars be­tween the two coun­tries could flare into a real one”.

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