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'Man of peace': Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif bonhomie reverberated in Pakistan

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 9:10pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

  • Arijit Sen dna

In an epochal move, the heads of two otherwise warring nations met today, after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif participated in the oath taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday. The swearing in ceremony, in itself was a regional bonhomie with attendance of leaders from the SAARC nations.

However, the repercussion of this inter regional event reverberated across nations, receiving a nod of approval from leaders across the two conflicting countries

Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who from the very beginning lauded Modi's invite and encouraged her father's participation, cheered Modi's compliment to Sharif.

Her sentiments were echoed by other Pakistani leaders, across political spectrum, who saw this as an opportunity to carry on peace efforts between India and Pakistan.

Modi and Sharif, earlier today, held bilateral talks on many key issues, including terrorism, 26/11 trials etc. Sharif assured that top diplomats from Pakistan and India would meet soon advancing peace efforts that have moved fitfully because of political tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Sharif told reporters that accusations and counter-accusations did not help matters.

Incidentally, the meetings between Modi and Sharif went on for 50-min instead of the stipulated 35 minute.

And while Modi also met leaders from Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mauritius and Nepal, needless to say, that his interaction with Nawaz Sharif remains to be the most discussed diplomatic initiative of the day.

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