PM: Tone down expectations over talks with Nawaz Sharif


Iindia and the United States came together on Friday to deliver a strong message to Pakistan that it needs to act on terrorism emanating from its soil.

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Emerging from his meeting with US President Barack Obama in the White House, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made it clear that expectation from his talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday needs to be "toned down" in the light of the terrorist attack in the Jammu region on Thursday.

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"Pakistan continues to be the epicentre of terrorism in our region and while I look forward to my meeting, expectations need to be toned down," Singh said.

Singh found support in Obama, who said he shared Singh's concerns on terrorism, given that India until "even the last few days has faced a terrorist attack".

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"It is in our shared interest to see a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan," the US President said. "So we support improving cooperation between India and Pakistan."

The concerted pressure by the two leaders came as Sharif, speaking at the United Nations in New York, seemed to be making a strong pitch for dialogue and positive engagement with India.

The Pakistani PM's customary reference to Kashmir in his UN address was toned down as he urged the UN to be "attentive" to the issue of "full realisation of the right to self-determination of its people".

Sharif, who is slated to meet Singh on Sunday, told the UNGA that Pakistan stands " ready to re-engage with India in a substantive and purposeful dialogue" as he sought to set provide the right backdrop for the meeting. stage for the meeting.

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