Of handshakes and biryanis: The Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meet
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Media in both India and Pakistan covered and analyzed the event for hours, long after the visit was over. Immediately afterward, Sharif saw Modi off at the airport. Chaudhry said the two leaders agreed to carry forward the recently resumed bilateral dialogue and work together to establish good relations. The visit, although termed personal, was the first to Pakistan by an Indian prime minister since Rapid re-engagement After months of tension, the two countries have seen a rapid diplomatic re-engagement recently, starting with a handshake and a brief private meeting between the prime ministers on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit.
Both countries' armies are ranked among the world's 10 largest by most measures.
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The two countries also have nuclear weapons and second-strike capabilities. Amanullah Memon, a professor of international relations at a private university in Islamabad, said he thought the visit would "play a significant role in improving ties between the two South Asian archrivals.
This is not the first time Modi has made such a bold gesture.
He invited Sharif to his inauguration, despite tense bilateral relations. Such gestures in the past, however, were followed by aggressive foreign policy decisions that led to heightened tensions. Analysts said Modi realized that a hawkish attitude didn't deliver results and damaged his economic agenda, which depends on regional peace and stability. Security was beefed up at the Lahore International Airport shortly before Modi's arrival.
After spending about two hours with Modi at his residence, Sharif went to the Lahore airport along with Modi to see him off.
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Sharif and Modi held a meeting in a "cordial and positive atmosphere" and they agreed to continue working for the welfare of people of their countries, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told reporters. He said Modi called Sharif at about Chaudhry termed Modi's visit a "gesture of good will" and hoped that it will help resolve all of their outstanding issues when the two sides resume talks in the near future. He refused to share any further details. One of the first public signs of the visit came Friday morning when Modi, during a stop in the Afghan capital of Kabul, tweeted that he is "looking forward to meeting" Sharif in Lahore, "where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi.
Sharif's sprawling residence had been colorfully decorated for his granddaughter's wedding reception when Modi arrived along with the Pakistani prime minister. The two leaders were later shown sitting together in a room looking happy and relaxed.
Analysts viewed the visit as a potential turning point in Pakistani-Indian relations. Amitabh Matto, an Indian foreign policy expert, described Modi's birthday diplomacy visit as a "very positive step.
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Tarun Vijay, a spokesman for Modi's Bharatiya Janata party, praised Modi's visit as a sign of statesmanship. He has risen to the commanding heights of being a statesman who can take a bold step surprising his friends and foes but melting ice in the relations," Vijay said However Modi faced criticism from the main Indian opposition Congress Party as well.
It should have been a proper structured state visit. We would have welcomed it," Anand Sharma, a Congress Party spokesman said.