Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister, (Screen grab courtesy: Khaleej Times)
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New Delhi:

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Sunday, congratulated Narendra Modi via phone for his victory in Lok Sabha elections. Khan’s call to Modi came days after the cricketer-turned-politician congratulated Modi on Twitter.

Pakisthan Foreign Minister Mohammad Faisal tweeted to share Khan’s cordial greetings and also expressed his desire for both countries to work together. “Reiterating his vision for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives,” Faisal tweeted.

The foreign ministry said PM Modi thanked Imran Khan for his telephone call and greetings. “Recalling his initiatives in line with his government’s neighbourhood first policy, Prime Minister Modi referred to his earlier suggestion to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to fight poverty jointly. He stressed that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism were essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in our region,” the statement from the foreign ministry read.

In last April, Imran Khan was quoted as saying by the media that he saw a better chance of peace talks with India if PM Modi’s BJP won the national election. The Pakistan PM had said if the next government in India were led by the Congress party, it might be “too scared” to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash.

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