According to reports, Nawaz Modi meeting will not take place in the U.S. where both premiers are visiting for UN General Assembly’s 70th session. Both premiers are staying in the same hotel in the same city. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said that bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers is not on schedule at the moment. This news does not spell very well for the tensions between the two countries, which continues to increase especially at the borders. Nawaz Modi meeting in the U.S. was essential to discuss the Kashmir issue, which is the primary reason of animosity between the two countries.
We learned that Nawaz Modi meeting was not deliberately being avoided. It just so happens that the schedules of the two leaders do not match. We believe however, that if an effort were to be made, a bilateral meeting could be scheduled, which could prove useful for both. UNGA session is probably the best platform for a Nawaz Modi meeting. Both would be speaking at the general assembly sessions just not with each other. That of course could still change, because both Prime Ministers, Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi will be staying in the country for a few days.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached New York today (26th September, 2015). He is expected to address the General Assembly tomorrow, the 27th. On the other hand, PM Modi will reach New York on the 28th September, after his meeting with President Obama. On the day that PM Sharif is supposed to speak, Modi will be in California. Nawaz Modi meeting may not take place one on one, but both of them will be present at the multilateral gathering that should provide a forum to express their concerns. We know what PM Nawaz Sharif’s concern is – The Kashmir Issue. Whether Modi will be willing to address the situation in Kashmir during the multilateral meeting is doubtful. Earlier this week, PM Sharif clarified that discussion regarding Kashmir on all platforms and forums will be a prime priority.
We are rooting for Nawaz Modi meeting to happen, just so both the nations are presented a chance to clear the air. Let’s see what we see. In the meantime, let us know if you think there is a potential solution to tensions between the two countries.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.