US welcomes Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meet to remove tensions

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The US has welcomed the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

“I welcome the meeting that took place earlier today between Prime Ministers Modi and Sharif and their announcement of future engagement between India and Pakistan,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters on Friday.

The US also hailed the countries’ efforts to revive their stalled talks and to accelerate the trial process of terrorists accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, that claimed over 166 lives.

“We also welcome the announcement that India and Pakistan will discuss a range of bilateral issues, including security, people-to-people ties and expediting the Mumbai trial,” he said.

“We support all steps between the Governments of India and Pakistan to strengthen their dialogue and cooperation,” Toner said in his briefing.

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