Monday, 8 September 2014

Sushma Swaraj does not rule out Modi-Sharif meeting in New York

NEW DELHI: India on Monday did not rule out a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of UN general assembly session later this month.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj saying the government will respond according to the situation that develops.

Talking to reporters here on 100 days' work of her ministry, Sushma Swaraj said the government will not go to the UNGA session with a predetermined mindset concerning talks with Pakistan.

"We well respond as the situation develops. We are not going with a predetermined mindset," she said in response to a query.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi, on May 27, 2014.

India called off the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan last month after Islamabad's high commissioner here Abdul Basit met separatist leaders from Jammu & Kashmir.

The foreign secretary-level talks were scheduled to be the precursor to the bilateral meeting between Modi and Sharif in New York.

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