UN chief welcomes Nawaz-Modi meeting in Paris

NEW YORK – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit.


“Obviously, if the meeting did take place, we welcome it,” Ban‘s spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists when asked for the UN chief’s response to the meeting between the two South Asian leaders on the margins of climate conference.


Prime Minister Nawaz and Modi met briefly on Monday in Paris as the climate conference began in the French capital. The two leaders warmly held hands before sitting down for a chat amidst frosty ties between the two neighbours.


The Indian side describes the encounter as a “brief exchange of courtesies”, but Pakistanis terming it as a “good meeting”. The UN chief had earlier stressed that dialogue is the only way for resolving differences between the two countries.


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