Pradhan calls on Pak Prime Minister
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday called on Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif, who conveyed his warm regards to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pradhan, who is here to attend four-nation Turkmenistan -Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline meet, met Sharif on the margins of the meeting along with other TAPI oil ministers. “PM Sharif conveyed his warm regards and best wishes to PM Narendra Modi,” an official statement said later. This is the first visit by any Indian minister here after the cancellation of Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries in August last year. India called off the talks after the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi held consultations with the Kashmiri separatists on the eve of the Indo-Pak talks.Since then the ties between the two countries have been lukewarm. Even during the SAARC Summit in Nepal last year in November, PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart only exchanged pleasantries briefly.