UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stands ready to mediate peace talks between Pakistan and India provided the two neighbours accept his good offices, a world body's spokesman said Wednesday.

"We're available," Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters when asked to comment on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement that India had failed to respond to Pakistan's desire for good relations between the two countries.

Nawaz told the Saudi Gazette said his acceptance of an invitation last May to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inauguration was “an exceptional decision”.

But months later, India withdrew from talks after Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit met Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.