The latest meeting comes a few days after Modi telephoned Sharif on June 16 to convey Ramadan greetings while also stressing the need for peaceful and bilateral ties. Earlier, India had released 88 Pakistani fishermen, while Pakistan freed 111 Indians.
The last Modi - Sharif meet had come in November last year during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, but no bilateral meeting was held then. Pakistan had thwarted a SAARC agreement on Motor Vehicles during the summit that was intended to improve connectivity between the South Asian nations.
The two leaders had held a bilateral meeting on May 26 last year during Modi's swearing-in. The two had even exchanged gifts, the sari-shawl diplomacy, and tweets, which had given rise to hope of improvement in ties between the two rivals, both nuclear powers.