PARIS - The prime ministers of Pakistan and India met and shook hands at the climate change summit on Monday, igniting hopes for melting of ice between the two nuclear neighbors.

Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi shook hands in a lobby of the Conference Centre and then sat down on a sofa where they were seen talking animatedly.

This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Ufa in Russia, where they held bilateral talks on the sidelines of multilateral conferences, and decided on number of steps to take forward the bilateral relationship.

However, no official details were immediately available on this apparently unscheduled two-minute chat between the two leaders. Also, there was no confirmation yet on whether the two leaders will meet again for a bilateral talk on the sidelines of Paris conference.

The brief, surprise meeting between the two prime ministers was hailed as a “positive development” by the Pakistani media, with the Pakistan Television (PTV) repeatedly showed footage of Modi and Sharif seated together and exchanging views. It reported that the meeting was held in a “cordial atmosphere” which it said was a “positive and happy occasion”.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Nawaz Sharif refused to divulge the details of this brief talk with his Indian counterpart saying he did not think it appropriate to propagate the ‘mutual talks’ all over the world.

However, he said his interaction with Modi was ‘cordial’ and Indian PM expressed his desire to further the process of solving the issues that are hindering the efforts to improve bilateral ties.

Pakistan premier said he reciprocated the same sentiment to Modi but added that the tricky issues can’t be resolved in such a short time interaction. He said it is the wish of the both sides to improve the ties and if this can’t happen then it is unfortunate and not a good thing for both the countries.

“Pakistan wants to make progress on all the fronts and seeks solutions to its political, internal and external issues by itself,” said Nawaz Sharif and added that every country should remain the way open for the dialogues.

The informal meeting with Modi comes three days after Nawaz said Pakistan was ready for talks with India without preconditions. The premier gave these remarks during meeting with British counterpart David Cameron on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Maltese capital.