ASTANA: For the first time in 17 months, Prime ministers of India and Pakistan on Thursday met at a summit in Kazakhstan.
Indian premier Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif shook hands and exchanged greetings late Thursday at the opening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Astana.
Modi and Sharif last met on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit in December 2015 before Modi surprised the world with an impromptu visit to Pakistan the same month.
An Indian foreign ministry official said that as it was the first contact between the leaders since Sharif underwent surgery, Modi enquired about the Pakistani leader’s health.
“He also enquired about Sharif´s mother and his family”, the official said on condition of anonymity.