After bonhomie in Lahore, PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif to meet in Washington?

New Delhi: After an impromptu visit PM Narendra Modi made to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif, reports suggest that their next meeting might be in the US capital, Washington.

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According to a report in The Hindu, US President Barack Obama has invited PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif to the Nuclear Security Summit which is to be held on March 31 and April 1, 2016. The report further states that even though no formal announcement has been made regarding this, Modi and Sharif are likely to attend the event.

In mid-January, NSA-level talks between Pakistan and India are to be held in Islamabad.

On Saturday, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser, Sartaj Aziz said that it would not be fair to expect much from the talks scheduled for next month between the foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India.

Speaking to Radio Pakistan’s Current Affairs programme about the possibility of peace between Pakistan and India, Aziz said it would not be fair to expect instant resolution of all issues between the two countries.

“And therefore, initially focus would be on reduction of tension and maintenance of calm on the Line of Control to provide relief to the people living across LoC,” he said.

Aziz said the comprehensive dialogue in January between Pakistan and India will focus on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

Injecting an element of drama into the see-saw Indo-Pak ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the world by surprise by making a “stopover” in Lahore on December 25, 2015 on his way back home from Kabul to greet Sharif on his 66th birthday.

The first visit by an Indian premier in 11 years marked another step forward by the two countries in their efforts to put on an even keel in their ties which was going through a chill until recently. Modi also attended a marriage function of Sharif’s grand-daughter Mehrun Nisa (who is the daughter of Mariam Nawaz Sharif) at the latter’s Raiwind home on the outskirts of Lahore.