- Title: India's Modi arrives home after surprise visit to Pakistan
- Date: 25th December 2015
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (DECEMBER 25, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO ACCESS BBC Digital: NO ACCESS BBC) VEHICLE CARRYING INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI LEAVING AIRPORT VEHICLE STOPPING, MODI LEAVING VEHICLE TO GREET SUPPORTERS (AUDIO OF SUPPORTERS CHANTING) MODI GREETING SUPPORTERS (AUDIO OF SUPPORTERS CHANTING) MODI RETURNING TO VEHICLE VEHICLE CARRYING MODI DRIVING AWAY
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- Keywords: Russia Afghanistan Pakistan arrival Narrendra Modi India
- Location: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- City: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0013FCOW1Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on Friday (December 25) after returning from a visit to Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Modi was greeted by a crowd of supporters as he left the airport in his vehicle.
The Indian prime minister was on his way home after a visit to Russia and stopped off in the Afghanistan capital Kabul where he inaugurated a new parliament complex built with Indian help.
During the opening of the new building, Modi pledged India's support for the Afghan government and urged regional powers, including Pakistan, to work together to foster peace.
The building has become the latest symbol of a long-standing diplomatic effort by India to cultivate ties with Afghanistan.
Modi then made an unexpected stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation since the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed in the Indian city by militants trained in Pakistan.
The visit, requested by Modi just hours earlier before he flew back home from Afghanistan, raised hopes that stop-and-start negotiations between the nuclear-armed neighbours might finally make progress after three wars and more than 65 years of hostility.
The Lahore visit comes after India and Pakistan resumed high-level contacts with a brief conversation between Sharif and Modi at climate change talks in Paris late last month, part of efforts to restart a peace dialogue plagued by militant attacks and long-standing distrust.
The two countries were born out of British colonial India in 1947, divided into Hindu-majority India and Islamic Pakistan.
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