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Modi Tells Pakistani PM To Prevent Terrorism Against India

India's newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a meeting in New Delhi on May 27.
India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, to crack down on militants operating in Pakistan.

The call came during landmark face-to-face talks in New Delhi on May 27.

In a statement, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that Modi had asked Islamabad to "abide by its commitment to prevent its territory and territory it controls being used to stage terror attacks on India."

Modi also said the two countries could immediately move toward normalizing trade ties.

For his part, Sharif said he and Modi could succeed in "turning a new page" in relations, saying his government "stands ready to discuss all issues between our two countries, in a spirit of cooperation and sincerity."

The meeting marked the first time an Indian prime minister has hosted a Pakistani leader for official talks in New Delhi since the breakdown in relations following the 2008 attacks by Pakistani militants in Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed.

Modi is regarded with deep suspicion by many in Pakistan after anti-Muslim riots in his home state of western Gujarat in 2002 killed at least 1,000 people.

Modi is also due to hold brief one-on-one meetings with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Maldives.

Modi took the oath as India's 15th prime minister on May 26 after leading the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to a decisive victory in general elections.
Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and AFP