Pak PM Sharif felicitates Modi on India`s Independence Day, calls for promotion of friendly ties

Pakistan PM Nawaj Sharif, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi/Islamabad, Aug 15: Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif felicitated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day on Saturday.

Prime Minister Sharif said, “On behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, I convey my heartfelt felicitations to you, your government, and the people of India, on the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day of India.”

In his message, which was released by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, Sharif said: “I would like to reiterate that promoting friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations between our two countries is in our mutual interest and also necessary for peace and prosperity in South Asia.”

“We in Pakistan sincerely hope to settle all our bilateral issues through a sustained and comprehensive dialogue and usher in a new era of mutual trust and cooperation. I wish to convey my best wishes for your good health and the wellbeing of the people of India,” Sharif added.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Pakistan on its Independence Day, notwithstanding the chill between the two countries in the wake of recent attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

The PM tweeted: “Greetings & good wishes to the people of Pakistan on their Independence Day.”

The relations between the two countries suffered another blow recently with Pakistan refusing to invite Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker to a conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in protest to which India decided to boycott the meet to be held in Islamabad from September 30 to October

(With Agency Inputs)

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