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UN chief calls for improved Pakistan-India ties

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Pakistan News : Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday underscored the need for improving relations between India and Pakistan at a meeting with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, a UN spokesman said.

The meeting took place on the margins of the High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade, “Water for Life.”

“The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed relations among countries in the region, including Afghanistan and Central Asian countries,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the regular noon briefing in New York.

“The Secretary-General emphasized the need for improved relations between Pakistan and India,” he added.

Asked whether the Kashmir dispute figured in the talks, the spokesman said the two leaders talked about a range of issues between the two neighbours.

“On the issue of countering terrorism, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of addressing root causes,” the spokesman said.

“He (Ban) also asked for Pakistan’s support in adopting and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” Dujarric added. APP

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