Modi's surprise visit to Lahore


Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2015-12-25 19:12 Lahore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at latter's residence Raiwind Palace, the ancestral home of the Sharifs, here on Friday, after he arrived in Pakistan in a surprise visit this evening following his visits to Russia and Afghanistan. "In a first, both PMs flew together in a chopper to Raiwind, home of PM Nawaz Sharif," tweeted Vikas Swarup, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs. Prime Minister Modi also wished his Pakistani counterpart on his birthday. "Birthday wishes for PM Sharif, best wishes for #IndiaPakistan relations," tweeted Swarup. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received his Indian counterpart at Lahore airport. Both the Prime Ministers are expected to hold meeting now. "Beyond the noise, a personal connect. The Prime Ministers discuss #IndiaPakistan relations in Raiwind, tweeted Swarup. This is the first visit of Prime Minister Modi to Pakistan after assuming the office. He was accompanied by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Earlier this morning, the Prime Minister tweeted greetings to Prime Minister Sharif on his birthday and wished him good health. The relations between India and Pakistan have witnessed some positive developments in recent past. The two countries recently decided to launch a comprehensive dialogue after Mr Modi and Mr Sharif met in Paris. (ANI)