India"s newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a meeting in New Delhi on May 27, 2014.
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India elections: Modi-Sharif handshake 'a shock'

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his first day in office.

The men shook hands and smiled before a meeting lasting just under an hour.

Mr Sharif attended Mr Modi's swearing-in on Monday, amid hopes of a thaw in relations between the rivals who have fought three wars since independence.

The BBC's Nitin Srivastava in Delhi explains.

  • 27 May 2014
  • From the section India
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