26 December 2015

India's Modi arrives in Pakistan on first visit as premier

Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground right, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreground left, arrive to attend a meeting with Russian and Indian officials and businessmen in the Kremlin in Moscow, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015.
India's Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan on Friday, his first such trip as prime minister to this Islamic nation that has been India's long-standing archrival in the region.
The previously unannounced visit is a potential sign of thawing relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. The two heads of government also had an unscheduled meeting at the Paris climate change talks earlier this month.
Since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, the Himalayan region that both countries claim.