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India's New Leader Meeting Pakistani Prime Minister


India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding landmark talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif on his first day on the job.

The May 27 meeting marks the first time an Indian prime minister has hosted a Pakistani leader for official talks in New Delhi since the breakdown in relations following the 2008 attacks by Pakistani militants in Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed.

Modi is regarded with deep suspicion by many in Pakistan after anti-Muslim riots in his home state of western Gujarat in 2002 killed at least 1,000 people.

Modi is also due to hold brief one-on-one meetings with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Maldives.

Modi took the oath as India's 15th prime minister on May 26 after leading the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to a decisive victory in general elections.
Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and AFP
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