US, UN welcome Modi-Sharif meeting in Pakistan

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015,13:24 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | The US and UN today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan, saying improved ties between the two neighbours will benefit the entire region. We welcome the December 25 visit between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Better relations between neighbors India and Pakistan will benefit the people of the entire region, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said. The spokesman was responding to a question on Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, where he held talks with Sharif.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the meeting between the two leaders, hoping that the bilateral dialogue will be maintained and strengthened going forward. The Secretary General has long been encouraging both leaders of the two countries to engage in dialogue.

He obviously welcomes this visit and this step in the right direction and he hopes that the dialogue will be maintained and strengthened, a UN spokesperson told when asked about the UN chief’s response to Modi’s visit to Pakistan, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in more than a decade. Modi, returning from his visit to Russia and Afghanistan, made the surprise visit to Lahore.