18th SAARC Summit: PM Modi meets Sharif briefly


Kathmandu, Nov 27: A day after the 18th SAARC summit produced no fruitful results with signing of no agreements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the concluding day of the event.

The two leaders, who were keeping distance on the first day, met briefly during an informal retreat in Dhulikhel. The Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed them to hold talks with each other after Sharif on Wednesday blocked the signing the three key proposals initiated by India for regional integration.

Yesterday, both Modi and Sharif did not even look at each other at Summit while sharing the dais. After Sharif's objection to the proposals, the summit turned out to be a non-achiever once again. Reacting to it new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a failure of political will.

Modi held one-on-one talks with every SAARC leader except Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, with both sides saying it was up to the other to request a meeting.

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