Modi letter calls for positive engagement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for constructive engagement with Pakistan, sources confirmed on Monday. In a letter to his newly sworn-in Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, Mr. Modi has called for building good neighbourly ties for security and prosperity in the South Asian region. “PM expressed India’s commitment to build good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan and pursue meaningful and constructive engagement for the benefit of the people of the region,” said an official source. The Prime Minister also reminded Mr. Khan to rid the region of violence, the source hinted, saying, “He recalled their telephone conversation, in which they spoke of their shared vision to bring peace, security and prosperity in the Indian subcontinent, in order to make it free of terror and violence, and to focus on development”. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs later clarified Mr. Qureshi’s statement and said the Indian leader had sought “constructive engagement”. Mr. Qureshi, in his first remarks after taking charge, said he would remove the trust deficit with neighbours and try to build new bridges. “We know the issues are tough and will not be solved overnight, but we have to engage,” he said.

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