Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference on Monday and shook hands.

The two leaders had a "pull aside" meeting on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris, reported ANI news agency.

Modi and Sharif also had a brief conversation, and news channels showed the leaders sitting down close to each other. 

The last time the leaders had come under one roof was at the UN peacekeeping summit in New York in September, though the two reportedly only waved at each other. 

The Paris meeting between Modi and Sharif comes after months of hostility between the neighbouring countries. Relations between India and Pakistan have broken down due to ceasefire violations and cancellation of diplomatic talks over the issue of Kashmir. 

Modi and Nawaz Sharif had sat down for talks in the Russian city of Ufa on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in July. 

About 150 global leaders have assembled in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP), weeks after deadly Isis attacks left nearly 130 dead in the city.