Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif Tuesday to crack down on militant groups while stressing his desire for closer economic ties, the Foreign Ministry said.Modi held bilateral meetings with Sharif and other regional leaders who attended his swearing-in ceremony Monday, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.In an unprecedented move, Modi invited Sharif and the other leaders to his inauguration, signaling his intention to be a strong regional leader after his right-wing party's landslide general election victory.During Tuesday's talks, Modi also underlined his desire to improve commercial ties, Singh said.Modi also thanked Afghan President Hamid Karzai for his country's help in repelling an attack last week on an Indian diplomatic mission in the west of his country.
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