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US Welcomes Modi-Sharif Meeting In Paris

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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)

WASHINGTON-- The US has welcomed the brief meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Paris on Monday.

"We always welcome these kinds of exchanges and dialogue between India and Pakistan," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters yesterday when asked about the meeting between the two leaders.

"A constructive relationship between the two countries is not only good for the two countries but good for the region and the stability of the region," Toner said.

Modi and Sharif had a brief meeting during which they warmly held hands before sitting down for a chat, with the Indian side describing the encounter as a "brief exchange of courtesies" but Pakistanis terming it as a "good" meeting.

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