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Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi exchanged pleasantries in Astana

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged greetings in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday evening ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit.

Since this was the first meeting between the two leaders following Sharif’s heart surgery last year, Modi inquired about the Nawaz Sharif’s health, as well as asking him about his mother and family.

This was also their first meeting since 2015 when the Indian prime minister made a brief visit to Lahore.

During his brief stop in Pakistan, Modi attended Nawaz’s granddaughter’s wedding after which he had held a brief meeting with his Pakistani Premier.

However, India on Monday denied any possibility of a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

“No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had said, asserting that “talks and terror can not go together”.

Pakistan and India are set to become full members of the SCO at the summit being held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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