Nawaz, Modi meet briefly, shake hands

The Financial Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

KATH­MANDU: Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and In­dian premier Naren­dra Modi shook hands and met briefly dur­ing the re­treat at the Saarc sum­mit on Thurs­day, a day af­ter both lead­ers con­spic­u­ously avoided while they met five other South Asian lead­ers, the Time of In­dia re­ported.

"Yes, they have met and shook hands at the re­treat," Nepal for­eign min­is­ter Ma­hen­dra Ba­hadur Pandey said over phone from Dhu­likhel, where the re­treat is be­ing held on the sec­ond day of the two-day Saarc sum­mit. See # 1 Page 11 words, that does not trans­late as di­a­logue," In­dian Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­istry spokesman Syed Ak­barud­din said ear­lier.

The lead­ers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, In­dia, Mal­dives, Nepal, Pak­istan and Sri Lanka boarded he­li­copters from Kath­mandu to the re­treat at Dhu­likhel, 30 kilo­me­tres (19 miles) away.

The area is a pop­u­lar view­ing spot of the Hi­malayan moun­tains.

The trip Thurs­day gave them a fi­nal chance to reach agree­ments that were ex­pected to be signed dur­ing the meet­ing.

Of­fi­cials in­di­cated that Pak­istan had made last-minute ob­jec­tions to en­ergy shar­ing, roads and rail­ways con­nec­tiv­ity agree­ments be­cause of

See # 2 Page 11

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.