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Sharif told talks futile if blasts continue: Sushma

Agencies  New Delhi, May 28, 2014
First Published: 12:01 IST(28/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:42 IST(28/5/2014)

New external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif that if bomb blasts continue, then peace talks between the two countries will be lost in the din.

A day after he was sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister, Modi met leaders of Saarc countries invited to his oath ceremony but it was the afternoon meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House that was keenly watched.

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"Talks and good relations can be successful and right only when terrorism is stopped. But if bomb blasts continue, then the talks will be lost in the din. This is what Narendra Modi told Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif," said Swaraj, who took charge of her ministry on Wednesday.

She said India asked Pakistan to ensure speedy trial in the 26/11 terror case being held in Pakistan.

"We also raised the topic of speedy trials of the 26/11 terror attack and even they said they will work on it," she told reporters.

She also said talks with the Saarc leaders were "successful" and that Modi wants Saarc to reach greater heights in the international arena.

"The Prime Minister told leaders that we should leave the contentious bilateral issues to the concerned parties and come together unitedly," the new minister said.

"I would like to say that for the first time the Saarc leaders felt that a government and a Prime Minister who thinks out of the box has assumed power in India," she said.

Modi also raised issues of Tamil fishermen and 13th amendment with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, she said.

She also said that as the external affairs minister her priority would be to showcase India's strengths to the world and improve relations with neighbouring countries, strategic partners, Africa, Asean member countries, Europe and others.

Swaraj, who was received by foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and other ministry officials, said that though she officially took charge Wednesday, she has been working since Tuesday, referring to the talks with the heads of different countries.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)


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