Leaders Of India And Pakistan Hold Rare Meeting

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India's newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi  gestures to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as they shake hands during a meeting in New Delhi on May 27. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for landmark talks in New Delhi in a bid to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Pakistan’s leader today and asked that his country “abide by its commitment” to prevent its territory from being used in terrorism against India.

Modi also called on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to speed up investigations into the 2008 attack in Mumbai that left more than 160 people dead.

Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have been tense for decades, but Prime Minister Sharif said he hopes the two countries can turn a new page in that relationship. He also said their common goal of economic development cannot be achieved without peace and stability in the region.

The BBC’s Owen Bennett Jones joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss this historic moment in the relationship between India and Pakistan.

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