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Modi-Sharif Meeting Can Help Bring Down Tensions, Says Pak Defence Minister

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 27: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hand with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif before the start of their bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House on May 27, 2014 in New Delhi, India. New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the leaders of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations a day after being sworn in. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

KARACHI -- Approving the meeting between the India and Pakistan Prime Ministers in Paris, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif said that everybody hoped the meeting between the two leaders would help bring down tensions in South Asia.

"Tensions between two nuclear-armed countries was a cause of concern for the entire world. Peace in the subcontinent is obviously the first option," the Dawn quoted Asif as saying.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shook hands and sat down to talk to each other on Monday on the sidelines of the Climate Summit in Paris.

Backing the brief meeting, Asif said it indicated a positive side to the relations between the two nations and will 'bring down the temperature which has been high since last year'.

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