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India’s Modi, Pakistan’s Khan Call for Regional Peace

India’s Modi, Pakistan’s Khan Call for Regional PeaceIndia’s Modi, Pakistan’s Khan Call for Regional Peace

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Imran Khan on Monday to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the Pakistan general election, with both men discussing regional peace. It was their first call since Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged victorious from last week’s vote, Reuters reported.

In the phone call, Modi “reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighborhood,” according to a statement by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Khan declared in his victory speech that he wanted to resolve the long-standing territorial dispute over Kashmir, saying “if India comes and takes one step toward us, we will take two.”

His media team said he had told Modi it was vital both countries focus on pulling millions out of poverty.

PTI said Khan had also told Modi that issues between the two nations must be resolved through talks. “Wars can breed tragedies instead of facilitating resolution of conflicts,” he said, according to a PTI statement.

 

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