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No Modi-Sharif meeting in Astana, says Sushma Swaraj

PTI New Delhi 05 Jun 2017, 22:09:14 IST

India today ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week.

Taking a tough stance on ties with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said "talks and terror cannot go together" while articulating strategy of India which was based on three pillars in dealing with that country. 

She also emphasised that India was engaged with other countries on the issue of cross-border terrorism. 

"No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side," Swaraj told a press conference on completion of three years of the government. 

She was asked if Modi and Sharif will meet on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8-9.