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Modi writes to Imran: Ready for ‘meaningful and constructive engagement with Pakistan’

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In a letter to the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Narendra Modi, the Indian PM has said that they are ready for a constructive and meaningful engagement with them.

Modi noted that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan, official sources said, quoting from the letter.

He also stressed the need to work for a terror-free South Asia, they said.

The prime minister conveyed to Khan that India was looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with Pakistan, the sources said.
Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister on Friday.

Earlier, Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi  had said that there was a need of “continued and uninterrupted” dialogue with India, which was the only way forward for the two neighbours to resolve outstanding issues.

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In his maiden speech as Foreign Minister, Qureshi said: “I want to tell the Indian Foreign Minister that we are not just neighbours; we are atomic powers. We have a lot of common resources.

“Us coming to the table and talking peace is our only option. We need to stop the adventurism and come together. We know the issues are tough and will not be solved overnight, but we have to engage,” he said.

“We cannot turn our cheek. Yes we have outstanding issues. Kashmir is a reality; it is an issue that both our nations acknowledge… We need a continued and uninterrupted dialogue. This is our only way forward,” the minister added.

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