Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday to congratulate on his decisive victory in the Lok Sabha elections. The conversation between both Prime Ministers was their first after India’s air strikes in Balakot targeting a Jaish-e-Mahommad camp.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Pakistan PM Imran Khan that “Creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism were essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in our region”. PM Modi also touches on engagement with Islamabad in his second term.
After Election results on 23 May, Imran Khan had tweeted to PM on his incredible win.
"I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia," he tweeted.
“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives.” said Pakistan foreign office spokesperson.
As per reports, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Islamabad is ready to hold talks with the new Indian government. India has declined any initiative for talk over the last years, mentioning that cross-border terror has to stop before talks can begin.
PM Modi and Khan are expected to meet in mid-June at the SCO summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the first multilateral outing for Modi after his re-election.
PM Narendra Modi received many congratulatory calls from world leaders through the weekend.
On Sunday, he spoke to former Nepal PM Madhav Nepal and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. On Saturday, he spoke with Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, German chancellor Angela Merkel, outgoing British PM Theresa May and former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.