Modi greets Imran on Pakistan Day

As India and Pakistan look to build upon the recent ceasefire agreement, PM Narendra Modi wrote to his counterpart Imran Khan and extended greetings to the neighbouring country on the occasion of Pakistan National Day and underlined that an environment free of terror was imperative for improvement in ties.

“As a neighbouring country, India desires cordial relations with the people of Pakistan. For this, an environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is imperative,” Modi said in his message to Khan.

Official sources said the PM had sent a similar message to the Pakistani PM last year on Pakistan’s Independence Day, making the same point about the need for a terror-free environment. Modi had also wished Khan speedy recovery from Covid-19 recently.

The recent ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan has sparked hope of a thaw in ties and both sides have not denied the possibility of a meeting between the foreign ministers later this month on the margins of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process conference in Tajikistan.

Modi said in his letter that at this difficult time for humanity, he would like to convey his best wishes to Khan and the people of Pakistan for dealing with the challenges of Covid-19.

As the Pakistani mission here celebrated Pakistan Day on Tuesday, charge d'affaires Aftab Hasan Khan too said that Pakistan wanted friendly ties with India and that it was important to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue to achieve peace.

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