United States, Washington: By diplomatic sources, the United States (US), Pakistan and India are quietly exploring the possibility of a meeting between Indian and Pakistani prime ministers in the US capital next month. Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi have both accepted US President Barack Obama’s invitation to attend a nuclear summit he is hosting in Washington on March 31 and April 1.
The official said, “The chances are strong, very strong,” said a senior official who did not want to be identified. “But you know the history of India-Pakistan talks, you cannot be certain about an event until it has happened”. It will be the first time that both Indian and Pakistani premiers will be attending the nuclear security summit, which President Obama initiated in 2010.
The summit has a specific aim, preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons and it brings leaders from across the world to discuss various proposals for attaining this goal. The first summit was held in Washington on April 12–13, 2010. The second summit in Seoul, South Korea in 2012 and the third was held in The Hague in 2014. Since this is President Obama’s final year in office, the administration is pushing hard for achieving some concrete results during the fourth summit.