Karachi, December 31: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised his Indian counterpart for visiting Islamabad saying it was a gesture of goodwill and hoped that the ties between the nations are uplifted in the future. According to Dunya News, Sharif said that the hostile neighbours and its citizens can only prosper if their conflicts had resolved.
Sharif, received PM Modi at the airport on 25th December with a hug and then flew him to his home near Lahore, where the two leaders held talks for over an hour. "Spent a warm evening with Sharif family at their family home.
Nawaz Sahab's birthday & granddaughter's marriage made it a double celebration," Prime Minister Modi tweeted after landing in Delhi. This was the Prime Minister's first visit to Pakistan since taking office last year.
Sharif's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said earlier that the Prime Minister's visit has been welcomed by majority of people in Pakistan and India and the international community. He said the warmth of relations created by the Lahore meeting will hopefully have an impact on the formal dialogue.
Sharif has invited India to hold talks with the country on all issues, saying that the two neighbours cannot live like enemies.
According to the Dawn, Sharif said that India and Pakistan need to resolve all issues in a comprehensive way. His statement came while he was addressing a foundation stone-laying ceremony for the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project here on Wednesday. The route will cover Zhob-Mughal Kot (N-50) and Qila Saifullah-Wagum (N-70).