“We, therefore, were disappointed Pakistan sought to make a spectacle of these efforts and went ahead with talks with secessionist elements from Jammu and Kashmir prior to the meeting of foreign secretaries,” Modi added.
“Recalling his “very good meeting” with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in May, Modi said “India desires peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with Pakistan.”Read: Mehbooba Mufti appeals to centre to start talks with PakistanAt the meeting, the two leaders had also decided foreign secretaries of both nations should meet to explore ways of taking the dialogue process forward. Sharif, along with other south Asian leaders, had attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
“We together decided we will continue to make efforts to build peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with Pakistan. But I might add that any meaningful bilateral dialogue necessarily requires an environment that is free from terrorism and violence,” the PM said.
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