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印度总理辛格希望与巴基斯坦总理会谈

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday toned down expectations for his planned meeting with Premier Nawaz Sharif this weekend at the UN, saying Pakistan remained an "epicenter of terrorism."

Singh, making what will likely be a farewell visit to the White House after a decade in power, told US President Barack Obama that India still faced "difficulties" because of the activities of its neighbor and bitter rival.

Singh and Sharif are expected to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York despite the tensions. A diplomat said the talks were expected Sunday morning.

"I look forward to the meeting with Nawaz Sharif even though the expectations have to be toned down given the terror arm which is still active in our subcontinent," Singh told reporters in the Oval Office.

Singh told Obama that India was facing difficulties because the "epicenter of terrorist activity remains focused in Pakistan."

India has blamed militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and even elements of the Pakistani state for attacks on its soil.

Deadly skirmishes across the de facto border in divided Kashmir meanwhile have jeopardized the atmosphere for the meeting in New York.

Since winning an election in May, Sharif has been vocal in his desire for better relations with India, but the recent flare-ups have overshadowed the prospects.

Earlier, Sharif warmed up for the expected talks by saying that a nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan was a huge waste of money.

"Our two countries have wasted massive resources in an arms race," Sharif said in his speech to the General Assembly. "We could have used those resources for the economic well-being of our people," he added.

 

简明释义:印度总理曼莫汉·辛格说,在本周末举行的联合国会议将会巴基斯坦总理纳瓦兹·谢里夫见面,交谈关于打击“恐怖主义”的事项。谢里夫说: “我们两国之间已经在军备竞赛中浪费了大量的资源我们可以使用这些资源,为我国人民的经济福祉。“

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