Thursday, November 27, 2014

SAARC XVIII: मोदिमल्ल किंचाळतो माझेच नाक वर.

Modi, Sharif shake hands, meet at Saarc retreat

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif shook hands and met briefly during the retreat at the Saarc summit on Thursday, a day after Modi conspicuously avoided Sharif while he met five other South Asian leaders here.

"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.

Both the prime ministers have taken a tour in and around the resort which is famous for watching Himalayas.

Leaders will spend almost five hours at the retreat.

Nepal, the host country, is pushing for talks between India and Pakistan and at least a Saarc related energy accord.

But a planned meeting between two South Asian leaders has not taken place.

As of now, both leaders have not met separately at the retreat, but Nepal and other Saarc members are pushing them to sit for talks.

Multiple diplomatic sources said that both the prime ministers were seen talking during a reception hosted by Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday evening in honour of visiting Saarc heads of state and government.

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Both the prime ministers also spoke to each other in a waiting room.

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Retreating together. SAARC leaders and aides at Retreat in Dhulikhel.

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