Modi Won’t Meet Sharif In New York, Says MEA

Thursday, Sep 24, 2015,15:37 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New York | It was told that, the Prime Ministers of both the countries India and Pakistan will have a bilateral meeting soon but now it’s confirmed that, they won’t hold any meetings for now. With tension increasing in relations between their two countries in recent months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif will not have a bilateral meeting on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
“As of now there is nothing, no bilateral meeting on the schedule, MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) spokesperson spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.
A Pakistani spokesperson also stated that there was no proposal on the table for a meeting between the two South Asian leaders. Relations between the two countries grabbed attention when the NSA-level talks between them in New Delhi in August were cancelled amid frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
India insisted that the focus at the meeting between the two NSAs should be on terrorism while Pakistan wanted the Kashmir issue to be discussed at the talks.
It is still not clear if there could be a meeting at any other level between the two countries on the sidelines of the UN activities. Mr. Modi will address the Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on tomorrow, when the new and ambitious post 2015 development agenda will be adopted.
Mr Sharif is scheduled to address the high-level meeting on September 27.The Indian Prime Minister will be in California on September 26 and 27 and return to New York on September 28, when apart from meeting US President Barack Obama, he will attend the high-level Peacekeeping Summit at the UN headquarters. Since Mr Sharif will also be attending the summit, the multilateral gathering will provide a forum for the two leaders to come face-to-face.
Mr Modi, who arrived in New York for his second US visit, is scheduled to leave for India on September 28 or the early morning of September 29 while Mr Sharif will remain in the city. He will address the annual debate of the General Assembly on September 30, a day before External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the gathering.

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