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India, Pakistan to Speed Up Talks After Modi's Surprise Visit

  • First Indian prime minister since 2004 to visit Pakistan
  • Foreign secretaries to meet soon in Islamabad for peace talks
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Indian and Pakistani leaders pledged to accelerate peace talks between the nuclear powers after Narendra Modi’s surprise stop in Lahore to meet his counterpart Friday, the first visit by an Indian prime minister since 2004.

Modi and Nawaz Sharif decided during the unscheduled meeting to have their foreign secretaries meet soon in Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said. The leaders greeted each other with a formal hug as Sharif received Modi at the airport, a more cordial meeting than previous ones marked by handshakes, before traveling to the Pakistani prime minister’s family residence.