Pakistan managed to get a call for an India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve all issues including Kashmir included in a joint statement in return for an assurance that Islamabad would take effective action against Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and its affiliates.
The assurance of Islamabad’s resolve to take action against the Pakistani terror outfit responsible for Nov 2008 Mumbai terror attack was contained in a joint statement issued by the Pakistan foreign office after Sharif met US President Barack Obama on Thursday in the Oval office in White House.
The two leaders, according to the Pakistani statement, expressed concern over violence along the Line of Control in Kashmir, and noted their support for confidence-building measures and effective mechanisms that are acceptable to both parties.
“The leaders emphasised the importance of a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbours aimed at resolving all outstanding territorial and other disputes, including Kashmir, through peaceful means and working together to address mutual concerns of India and Pakistan regarding terrorism,” it said.
“In this context, the Prime Minister apprised the President about Pakistan’s resolve to take effective action against United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under UN Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force,” the statement added
Obama and Sharif, it said “stressed that improvement in Pakistan-India bilateral relations would greatly enhance prospects for lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.”
The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to advancing economic connectivity between Pakistan and its neighbours to promote regional prosperity, it said.