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UFA, Russia : The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India met today on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Ufa. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. The two leaders exchanged views on issues of bilateral and regional interest.

They agreed that India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development. To do so, they are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues. 

Both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and agreed to cooperate with each other to eliminate this menace from South Asia. 

They also agreed on the following steps to be taken by the two sides: 

1. A meeting in New Delhi between the two NSAs to discuss all issues connected to terrorism. 

2. Early meetings of DG BSF and DG Pakistan Rangers followed by that of DGMOs. 

3. Decision for release of fishermen in each other’s custody, along with their boats, within a period of 15 days. 

4. Mechanism for facilitating religious tourism. 

5. Both sides agreed to discuss ways and means to expedite the Mumbai case trial, including additional information like providing voice samples.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Pakistan for the SAARC Summit in 2016. Prime Minister Modi accepted the invitation.

EARLIER ON THURSDAY NIGHT : Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged pleasantries with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during an informal dinner at the BRICS-SCO venue on Thursday night, ahead of their formal meeting on Friday morning.

Modi and Sharif greeted each other and exchanged pleasantries at the dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin here for BRICS and SCO members.

The meeting of the two leaders comes hours ahead of their formal bilateral meeting on Friday morning on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.