India urges Pakistan to rein in militants

India urges Pakistan to rein in militants
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi.

INDIA - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to ensure that no militant groups can launch attacks against India from Pakistani soil, in the highest-level meeting between the two countries.

Mr Modi also wanted a speedy trial for those accused of taking part in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Ties between the nuclear- armed neighbours have been hit by border skirmishes and terror attacks that India has blamed on Pakistan.

Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, who called yesterday's talks "constructive", said: "We want peaceful and friendly relations with Pakistan. However, for such relations to proceed, it is important that terror and violence be brought to an end."

He added: "PM (Modi) underlined that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to prevent its territory from being used for terror."

Mr Sharif, speaking to reporters, also called the talks "constructive" and said his country was ready to discuss all issues and "change confrontation into cooperation".

The two prime ministers smiled and shook hands for the media before heading in for talks that lasted 50 minutes, longer than scheduled. They also discussed how to improve trade ties.

The Mumbai terror attacks disrupted a peace process, under which the two countries discussed contentious issues such as the Kashmir dispute and also economic cooperation among others. Though the talks resumed in 2011, the momentum was lost.

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