Foreign Office rules out Modi-Nawaz meeting on sidelines of Washington summit

Published: March 24, 2016
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File photo of a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian premier Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian premier Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan has not received a formal proposal from India regarding a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi in Washington later this month, the Foreign Office has said.

The two leaders are due to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in the US capital on March 31.

However, FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, speaking at the weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, did not rule out a possibility of interaction between the two premiers.

NCA expresses satisfaction over security of strategic assets, nuclear installations

Zakaria said Pakistan’s participation in the summit at the prime-ministerial level depicted the importance the country gave to nuclear security.

Meanwhile, regarding deportation and detention of Pakistani traders at the Moscow airport, the spokesperson said Pakistani embassy in Russia was in contact with Russian authorities.

84 Pakistanis detained at Moscow airport

“We are finding out why these Pakistanis were being deported.”

About Kashmir, the spokesperson said several United Nation Security Council resolutions accepted the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through a plebiscite, and termed hoisting of Pakistani flags in the occupied region a reflection of this notion.

Meanwhile, the prime minister is “looking forward to have useful exchange of views on bilateral issues with President Barack Obama” during the US visit.

PM Nawaz met the US ambassador David Hale at the Prime Minister’s House earlier on Thursday, said a statement.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • ramallah khan
    Mar 24, 2016 - 7:47PM

    Good, for these sideline meetings have no gains as we all know. It is only a much hyped meeting for the Press to cover with no tangible results. Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Mar 24, 2016 - 11:32PM

    Let’s be honest for once. It’s not the FO or Sharif that drives our relationship with India. It’s Modi, whether landing in Lahore for a couple of hours, or giving Sharif a hearing in international conferences. If we understand this, we can then “Curb our Enthusiasm” for better relations. Recommend

  • Naresh
    Mar 29, 2016 - 7:31PM

    The Title of the Article “Foreign Office rules out Modi-Nawaz meeting on sidelines of Washington summit”
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    The contents of the Article “Pakistan has not received a formal proposal from India regarding a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi in Washington later this month, the Foreign Office has said.
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    The two leaders are due to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in the US capital on March 31.
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    However, FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, speaking at the weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, did not rule out a possibility of interaction between the two premiers.”

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    Contradictions Galore!
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    CheersRecommend

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