Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence
NEW YORK CITY (AFP) - Pakistan’s leader on Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbour must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Dr Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
In front of flags of the two nations, Dr Singh and Mr Sharif shook hands and made small talk before entering closed-door talks with aides.
Mr Sharif, in a speech to the UN General Assembly, called on Friday for a “new beginning” with India and denounced the developing nations’ years of intense military development as a waste of resources.