ISLAMABAD, 25th December 2015 (WAM)— Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after landing in the Pakistani city of Lahore on a surprise visit, the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier since 2004.

Sharif received Modi at the airport and greeted him with a hug, local television showed.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan resumed high-level contacts with a brief conversation at climate change talks at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris, France, late last month, part of efforts to restart a peace dialogue plagued by militant attacks and distrust.

Mr Modi was on his way back to India from Afghanistan when he stopped off in Pakistan. The visit coincides with the Pakistani prime minister’s birthday.