Signals from Nawaz positive, likely to improve ties: Indian PM

Published May 31, 2013
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. — File photo
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. — File photo

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said signals coming from Nawaz Sharif, chief of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), were positive and therefore likely to improve relations between India and Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Singh said his government wanted cordial ties with Pakistan and hoped that all outstanding issues between the two countries could be resolved in a peaceful manner.

The Indian premier said his government stood by its pledge of resolving all issues involving Pakistan in a peaceful manner, adding that the same had also been expressed by Sharif.

Responding to a question, Singh said that when results of the May 11 elections were being announced, he had called Sharif to congratulate the latter over his party's success in the polls.

The Indian prime minister further said he had invited the PML-N chief to visit India and that Sharif had also invited him to Pakistan.

"I have an invitation to visit Pakistan from its government," Singh told reporters, adding that no final decision had yet been taken on the visit and neither had any dates been decided.

"However, we would surely want to have cordial ties with Pakistan in capacity of a neighbouring state," Singh said.

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