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Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif Meet In Ufa

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, right, moves closer to listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they shake hands during closing ceremony of the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, Pool)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today warmly received by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif before their much-anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here.

The two leaders shook hands and posed for photographers before settling down for delegation-level talks.

Indian delegation included National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar while Sartaj Aziz, Sharif's advisor on foreign affairs and national security, was in the Pakistani delegation.

Setting the tone for the meeting, Modi and Sharif last night exchanged pleasantries and chatted briefly when they came face-to-face at a dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for leaders of five BRICS countries and 10 SCO nations here.

The two leaders, who are here to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, are expected to discuss the status of the bilateral ties and the future direction.

Modi and Sharif were last together in Kathmandu in November last for the SAARC Summit but they did not have a bilateral meeting because of acrimony between the two countries at that time.

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