INDIA: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement on Tuesday that India and Pakistan were moving towards normalising the relations between the two countries.
Spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, Syed Akbaruddin quoting Indian Prime Minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during their meeting on Sunday had said all the right things.
PM on PM Nawaz Sharif: He has said all the right things abt Indo-Pak relations. So I hope & pray he does succeed in carrying out his mission
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbarMEA) October 1, 2013
Meeting along the sidelines of UN General Assembly session in New York, the two Primes Ministers had agreed on reducing tension in Kashmir. The meeting which lasted over an hour had ended with both sides extending an invitation for a visit to the other.
Responding to a question about the tensions that exist in the Line of Control, Indian Prime Minister said, “the first step has to be peace and tranquility on the line of control and for that we have agreed that the DGMOs of the two sides will meet and work out arrangements.”
“It will take time to find out what can be done and what is agreed upon is also implemented upon,” he added.
Commenting on whether PM Nawaz Sharif’s remarks about the Indian Prime Minister prior to their breakfast meeting in New York had affected their interaction, Singh said that he had learnt to take everything in his stride but Sharif had denied making any remarks.
Responding to a question about if he thought Prime Minister Sharif’s statements appeared to be controlled by Pakistan Army, Singh said that Sharif was a democratically elected prime minister and hoped he would succeed in his “mission”.