Pos­i­tive Move By Modi Has Got Pos­i­tive Re­sponse from Sharif

Let’s be con­struc­tive about new ini­tia­tives and build­ing re­la­tion­ship

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

IT’S AFIRST “The two PMs will have a bi­lat­eral meet­ing. This will be

their first in­ter­ac­tion. Let us not pre-empt our lead­ers

with guesses”

De­fy­ing naysay­ers and hard­lin­ers at home, Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has at­tempted to be part of his­tory by ac­cept­ing PM-des­ig­nate Naren­dra Modi’s in­vite to at­tend his swear­ing-in cer­e­mony on May 26. Amid his ex­tremely busy sched­ule as he pre­pares for the visit of Sharif, Pak­istan High Com­mis­sioner to In­dia Ab­dul Ba­sit took out time to speak to ET’s Dipanjan Roy Chaud­hury on the de­vel­op­ment that has caught ev­ery­one by sur­prise. Were you sur­prised by the in­vite to PM Nawaz Sharif by In­dian PMdes­ig­nate Naren­dra Modi for the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony? It was a pos­i­tive move and Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif re­sponded pos­i­tively.

What are your ex­pec­ta­tions from PM Sharif’s visit? Where does re­la­tion go from here? Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has been in­vited to at­tend the oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony. The two Prime Min­is­ters will also have a bi­lat­eral meet­ing. This will be their first in­ter­ac­tion. Let us not pre-empt our lead­ers. Will any new ini­tia­tive be launched in next few months to fur­ther im­prove re­la­tions? As I said ear­lier, let us be pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive. What is progress in grant­ing Most Favoured Na­tion sta­tus to In­dia to boost trade ties? We will cross the bridge when we are there.

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