NEW DELHI: CPI today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying it would help take forward the India-Pak dialogue process.
“There have been many strains in our relationship. The ice was finally broken by the NSA-level talks and the visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan. Now that process is being followed up by Modi’s visit,” CPI National Secretary D Raja said.
Noting that this was Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Pakistan, he said it would help arrive at a better understanding and strengthen mutual trust so that the dialogue process can be taken forward.
“Dialogue is the only alternative to improve good neighbourly relations and sort out all problems bilaterally,” Mr Raja said, adding it is “a welcome move” even though the visit to Pakistan was not mentioned in Parliament and has come as a “surprise”.