Nawaz Sharif meeting with Narendra Modi in New Delhi 27 May
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday arrived at Hyderabad House to hold a one-to-one meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, a day after his swearing in.
Both the leaders shook hands and exchanged grins before their formal meeting.
The talks are seen as landmark since this is the first time that any Pakistani has attended his counterpart’s inauguration in India since 1947.
This is also the first time an Indian prime minister has hosted a Pakistani leader for official talks in New Delhi since the rupture in relations that followed the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Islamabad says the meeting is a bid to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
The PM will also hold bilateral talks with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee before leaving for Pakistan later in the afternoon.
Sharif was one of six regional leaders who attended the lavish inauguration on Monday evening for Modi. Afghan President Hamid Karzai was also among the regional leaders.
The ceremony that also saw the swearing-in of Modi’s 44-member cabinet was attended by around 4,000 guests.