Lahore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Lahore on Friday for a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in a surprise visit to this country--the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in more than 10 years.
The visit comes weeks after a breakthrough meeting between the countries` top diplomats in Islamabad, where the nuclear-armed rivals agreed to restart high-level peace talks.
State TV footage showed the Indian Air Force jumbo jet land at the Allama Iqbal International Airport where Sharif -- who celebrated his birthday the same day -- had flown in by helicopter moments earlier.
Modi had earlier made the surprise announcement to visit Sharif on Twitter as he wound up his visit to Afghanistan with an address to the Afghan parliament.
"Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi," he said.
Prime Minister Modi had earlier today extended his wishes to the Pakistani counterpart on his 65th birthday.
The two Prime Ministers had last met at the Paris Climate Summit COP21.
Watch the video here (courtesy: ANI):
WATCH: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Lahore, received by Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif (Source: PTV) https://t.co/MAssiVTExX
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015