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PM will visit Pak in 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Islamabad. Modi will participate in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, Swaraj told the media.

 Sushma Swaraj said she would accompany Modi during his visit, Geo TV reported. The external affairs minister said that India and Pakistan must display maturity in doing business with each other."It is time we display maturity and self-confidence to do business with each other and strengthen regional trade and cooperation," Sushma Swaraj said in her address at the Heart of Asia Summit in Islamabad, and added,"The entire world is rooting for a change. Let us not disappoint them." She added that on "our part, India is prepared to move our cooperation at a pace which Pakistan is comfortable with. But today, let us at least resolve to help Afghanistan - in the best traditions of good neighbourliness".

 Sushma adding that the Afghan security forces need the continued support of the international community. Swaraj said that it was the 'collective duty of all of us to ensure that the forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens in any name, form or manifestation... An end to terrorism and extremism, and adherence to internationally accepted redlines are essential for reconciliation and lasting peace in Afghanistan.'


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