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Pakistan needs to create a terror-free atmosphere: India

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on Thursday told that needs to create an atmosphere free from terror and take concrete action to end the scourge but does see doing it at this stage.

This was conveyed by Modi to Xi during their brief meeting on the sidelines of the (SCO) meeting here even as arrived here for participating in the grouping's meeting.

"There was a brief discussion on We have a consistent position with respect to Pakistan. The recalled that he has made efforts and these efforts have been derailed. Pakistan is an all-w

"He has informed the Chinese that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terror and at this stage, we do not see this happening. We expect it to take concrete action," told reporters here when he was asked whether terrorism sponsored from Pakistan that was spoiling the situation in the region came up at the meeting.

Tensions between and Pakistan have spiralled following the deadly February 14 Pulwama terror attack. has remained rooted in its stand, saying that terror and talks with cannot go together.

During the meeting, Modi noted that strategic communication between the two sides improved which had led to long-pending issues being resolved such as the opening of a Bank of branch in and the listing of chief as a global terrorist.

"The two leaders had a warm and cordial discussion on a range of subjects. congratulated for his victory in the and said it was reflective of the aspirations and trust that the people had placed on Both leaders reviewed the bilateral ties and noted a new momentum in this bilateral relationship since the summit in last April,"

"noted what had improved between two sides is strategic communication and in that context, we have been able to resolve long pending issues like the opening of Bank of branch in and the issue related to the listing of Masood Azhar," he said.

In May, the (UN) designated Azhar as a 'global terrorist' after blacklisted him by lifting its technical hold.

In the past, China had stalled India's proposal to enlist Azhar as a 'global terrorist' at least four times in the last 10 years, the latest being in March this year. had previously blocked New Delhi's bid three times -- in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

On his first visit for a multilateral forum meeting after reelection, Modi met Jinping on the sidelines of the (SCO) in which both the sides discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations.

"Your birthday falls on June 15. On behalf of the people of India, I give my best wishes to you. After election results, I received your message and you congratulated me again. I am obliged. Together, we can move forward and work with each other in various areas in the coming days," Modi said in his opening remarks.

Later, Ministry of tweeted, "Building on the momentum of high-level exchanges, PM @narendramodi had a warm meeting with Chinese Leaders discussed all aspects of enriching our bilateral relations & recognised the positive role of strategic communication in deepening our partnership."

This is the first bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi this year.

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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 19:21 IST