NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit a home run by inviting Saarc leaders for his swearing-in and if more evidence were required to prove it, it has come from none other than Modi’s Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Setting aside speculation in Pakistan that he wasn’t entirely pleased with his India visit, Sharif has written to Modi saying, about their May 27 meeting, “I must say that I have returned much satisfied with our meaningful exchange of thoughts on matters of bilateral and regional interest.” His letter was delivered to Modi’s office by the Pakistan high commission.

Last week, Pakistan media quoted unnamed leaders in Sharif’s party, PML(N), to say that the PM was “not too happy” with the meeting even though officially Islamabad has maintained that it was “better than expected”. According to a newspaper report, India was thought to have focused too much on terrorism — at the expense of other issues Islamabad considered more relevant.

While Sharif did say in his letter that the two sides should work on “unsettled” matters, his first communication to Modi seemed to dispel the notion that he was having second thoughts about the dialogue during which the two leaders also had a separate 10-minute one-on-one… see more

source: times of india