Nawaz, Modi meet briefly, shake hands
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
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