Pakistan and India have wasted “massive resources” on a nuclear arms race, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday ahead of a landmark meeting with his Indian counterpart.
Sharif said he was looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to “make a new beginning” in the relationship between the South Asian nuclear rivals.
“Our two countries have wasted massive resources in an arms race,” the premier told the UN General Assembly.
Nawaz Sharif is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday, on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN.
It will be their first meeting since Sharif was re-elected in May – his third term as premier, but first since he was ousted in a 1999 coup.
Sharif told the General Assembly it was a ”new dawn” for Pakistan. “The entire region would benefit from our cooperation,” he added.
He also urged the US to stop drones strikes in Pakistan.