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Pakistan

REUTERS
December 25, 2015
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Indian PM Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan  

Indian PM Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan   

ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stopover in Pakistan on Friday to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited in over a decade.

Sharif hugged Modi after he landed at the airport at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Pakistan’s PM House spokesman said the two leaders discussed a range of bilateral issues.

Modi was on his way home after a visit to Russia. He stopped off in the Afghanistan capital Kabul earlier on Friday.

Modi and Sharif resumed high-level contacts with a brief conversation at climate change talks in Paris late last month, part of efforts to restart a peace dialogue.

Modi, who inaugurated a new parliament complex built with Indian help in Kabul, spoke to Sharif earlier on Friday to wish him on his 66th birthday.

"Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi," Modi tweeted.

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