Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday welcomed the telephonic conversation between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Narendra Modi, who would be sworn in as Prime minister of India on May 30.

Mufti said dialogue is the only way forward to resolve the issues between the two countries.

“Welcome step. For what it’s worth, dialogue is the only way forward to resolve longstanding issues between India & Pak,” tweeted Mehbooba.

Imran Khan had called Narendra Modi on Sunday to congratulate him on his re-election, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), adding that PM Modi thanked Khan and, at the same time, reiterated his suggestion of jointly fighting poverty in the two countries.

“Recalling his initiatives in line with his government’s neighbourhood first policy, PM Modi referred to his earlier suggestion to the Pakistani PM to fight poverty jointly,” the MEA said.

At the same time, Modi told Khan that a terrorism-free environment is essential for “peace, progress and prosperity”.

Khan had, on May 23, congratulated Modi on Twitter after the BJP-led NDA alliance returned to power.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief said that he hopes to work with the Indian PM for peace and prosperity in South Asia.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan tweeted.