India-Pakistan relations: Modi pays surprise visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid an unscheduled visit to Pakistan and met with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

This is the first time an Indian premier has visited Pakistan in over a decade.

The first visit by an Indian premier to Pakistan in over 11 years.

Narendra Modi made an unscheduled stopover in Lahore on Friday on his way back home from a visit to Afghanistan.

He met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. The visit coincided with Sharif’s birthday and the wedding of his granddaughter.

Pakistani state-run media said the meeting was held in a cordial and positive atmosphere and the two leaders agreed to continue working for the welfare of people of their countries.

The visit is widely seen as another sign of thawing relations between the two neighbors who have fought three wars.

Modi’s visit comes after India and Pakistan resumed high-level contacts following with a brief conversation between the two prime ministers at the UN climate change talks in Paris last month.

The two countries are seeking to restart a peace dialogue.

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