“A relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation would unleash enormous opportunities for our youth, secure a more prosperous future for our people and accelerate progress across our region,” Modi said while responding to a letter written to him by Sharif.

Condemning the recent terror strike at the Karachi airport, Modi conveyed his ‘deepest condolences’ for the loss of innocent lives in this ‘senseless and barbaric’ attack.

"I also take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms the terrorists attack in Karachi and convey my deepest condolences for the loss of innocent lives in this senseless and barbaric attack,” he wrote.

The Prime Minister also said that he was delighted and honoured by Sharif’s participation in the swearing-in ceremony of his government in New Delhi on May 26.

“Your presence and that of other leaders from our region not only added a special sheen to the event, but also a celebration of the strength of democracy in our region and a reflection of our collective hopes and shared destinies," he wrote.

Modi thanked for the letter which Sharif wrote on June 2 and also for the gift of sari that the Pakistan Prime Minister sent for his mother, saying it is ‘a gesture that she has deeply appreciated’.

The exchange of letters by the two Prime Ministers is seen as a positive development in the ties between India and Pakistan, which for the last one year have witnessed cold vibes due to the incidents along the Line of Control (LoC), including beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistani troops.


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