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Modi meets Sharif on sidelines of Paris Climate Conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani couterpart Nawaz Sharif at the Paris Climate Conference.  

The brief surprise meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the U.N. climate summit in Paris was on Monday hailed as a “positive development” by state media here.

Pakistan Television (PTV) repeatedly showed footage of Mr. Modi and Mr. Sharif seated together and exchanging views.

"Cordial atmosphere"

PTV reported that the meeting was held in a “cordial atmosphere” which it said was a “positive and happy occasion."

Mr. Modi and Mr. Sharif shook hands in a lobby of the Conference Centre in the French capital and then sat down on a sofa where they were seen talking animatedly.

May help ease tensions

The exact details of the talks were not known but there is expectation here that it will help to ease tensions between the two nations after the planned meeting of their National Security Advisers was cancelled in August.

The brief meeting may help to arrange a cricket series between their teams in Sri Lanka next month and participation by India in the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad next week, some media reports said.

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