Create environment of trust: PM Modi to Imran Khan

Create environment of trust: PM Modi to Imran Khan

New Delhi, Jun 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan that India seeks normal and cooperative relations with his country, but for that an “environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility” needs to be created.
Modi wrote this to Khan in response to his congratulatory message earlier this month on him becoming the Prime Minister again.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also conveyed similar views to his counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in response to his congratulatory message.
“As per the established diplomatic practice, the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Ministry have responded to congratulatory messages received from their counterparts in Pakistan,” a Ministry spokesperson said.
“In their messages, they have highlighted that India seeks normal and cooperative relations with neighbours, including Pakistan,” the spokesperson added.
The Prime Minister said: “For this, it is important to build an environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility.”
Jaishankar also emphasised to his counterpart the need for an “atmosphere free from the shadow of terror and violence”, the spokesperson said.
After ignoring each other at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) informal dinner hosted by Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov at Bishkek, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan exchanged pleasantries on Friday – the second day of the meet.
Modi exchanged usual pleasantries with Khan in the Leaders’ Lounge at the venue of the SCO, official sources said. It is also learnt that Khan congratulated Modi on his election victory during their first face-to-face interaction.
However, there was no meeting between the two leaders.
Khan had on 23 May, breaking the ice in bilateral ties, congratulated PM Modi on Twitter after the BJP-led NDA alliance returned to power by winning 353 seats of the 542 where Lok Sabha elections were held.
India had earlier clarified that there will be no meeting between PM Modi and Imran Khan at the SCO Summit.
In his meeting with Xi Jinping, PM Modi made it clear that there was no question of India resuming dialogue with Pakistan until Islamabad created an atmosphere free of terrorism in the region.
On Friday, in his address at the SCO Summit, PM Modi indirectly slammed Pakistan by telling member states that countries that provide encouragement, support, and finances to terrorism must be held accountable.
Khan was present at the time PM Modi made the remarks.
Relations between Pakistan and India hit a nadir in the last five years with at least three major militant attacks on Indian military establishment and personnel of armed forces since 2016.