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India's Modi Makes Surprise Visit To Pakistan


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia, July.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed at Pakistan’s Lahore airport, his first visit to India's longtime regional rival since being elected last year.

He visited Kabul on December 25, where he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and addressed the parliament.

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

Pakistan also confirmed Modi’s visit to the eastern city of Lahore where he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

"The details of the meeting are being worked out," Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told state television.

Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to visit Pakistan since 2004.

India and Pakistan recently agreed to restart peace talks following decades of tense relations over border disputes and terrorism accusations.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and dpa

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