SAsian leaders ink energy deal at eleventh-hour
SAARC Summit ends with adoption of 36-point Declaration
KATHMANDU: South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shook hands.
On the last day of the two-day summit, the leaders flew to a mountain resort near Nepal's capital and agreed on electricity sharing among the eight nations through a common grid.
During the retreat, Nawaz and Modi shook hands and talked in a group, but did not have one-on-one dialogue, according to Nepalese officials.
Indian officials have already said exchanging courtesies among the leaders did not mean talks between the two South Asian rivals.
"If they interact, exchange courtesies and exchange a few