Cold vibes gave way to rare warmth on Thursday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif shook hands twice during the course of the day at the 18th Saarc summit, helping the eight-nation regional forum salvage a last-minute deal on sharing electricity.
The two leaders exchanged pleasantries during a retreat at the concluding day of the two-day summit.
At the opening session the day before, Modi and Sharif didn’t exchange a word, let alone shake hands, despite sitting two seats apart at the dais for nearly three hours. Modi, who gave a forceful maiden speech at the summit on the need for seamless connectivity, met held one-to-one talks with every Saarc leader except Sharif.
Here are some of the moments captured between Modi and Sharif at the Saarc summit in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif walks past Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 18th summit of the Saarc in Katmandu, Nepal.(AP photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the 18th SAARC Summit retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal. (PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. (PTI photo)
Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, right, moves closer to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they shake hands during closing ceremony of the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in Katmandu, Nepal. (AP photo)
Prime minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif interacts with the press as Nepal prime minister Sushil Koirala looks on at the 18th Saarc Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. (PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other SAARC leaders during the 18th SAARC Summit in Dhulikhel, Nepal. (PTI photo)