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US calls Modi, Sharif meeting a significant development in ties between the two countries

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The mainstream American media has hailed the brief Lahore stopover of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, reporting it as a significant development in the relationship between the two South Asian neighbours.

The Wall Street Journal described Modi’s surprise move as “likely to add momentum to a tentative reconciliation process” between the nuclear-armed neighbours, while The Chicago Tribune noted it as “potential sign of thawing” relations.

It is “the biggest surprise of all” of Modi’s diplomatic moves since he came to power on May 26, 2014 for which he had invited leaders of the South Asian countries, the Time magazine wrote.

“It’s the first trip to the country by an Indian head of state in a decade and could be a sign of improving relations between the two neighbours,” the popular National Public Radio said.

According to The Los Angeles Times, with his Lahore visit Modi “breathed new life into a long troubled” relationship.

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