UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj exchanged views on Pakistan and other regional issues when the United Nations chief called on her on Saturday evening, a UN readout on the meeting said Sunday.

Ms Swaraj is in New York for the International Yoga Day, which has been organised by the Indian Mission to the United Nations.

The United Nations said the secretary-general and the Indian minister discussed the challenges of climate change and sustainable development, and the need for India’s strong leadership in these fields. They also discussed the newly-released report of the high-level panel on peace operations,with the secretary-general, noting India’s generous contributions in this area.

“The Secretary-General and the Minister then exchanged views on a number of regional issues including Nepal, Bangladesh,the Maldives and Pakistan,” said the readout, which gave no details.

The UN stand has been that the secretary-general would use his good offices to resolve the outstanding issues between India and Pakistan provided both sides agree.

Meanwhile, according to media reports Ban expressed his excitement over the first International Day of Yoga during his meeting with Ms Swaraj, saying the day has garnered “unprecedented” enthusiasm from people around the world.

Ban warmly greeted the Indian minister with a “Namaste, kya haal chaal hain” as he shook her hands.

Ban, accompanied by senior UN officials, congratulated Swaraj on the commemoration of the first International Day of Yoga. “I am also very much excited,” he said.