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Modi, Sharif Shake Hands, hold informal talks at SAARC Closing Event
27 Nov 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu Nepal on Thursday. | PTI

KATHMANDU: In an ice-breaking moment, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even slapped him laughingly on the arm while sharing a light moment at the concluding ceremony of the 18th Saarc Summit here Thursday.

In a photo-op that appeared to belie any misunderstanding or animosity between the two neighbours, Modi and Sharif kept their handshake for several seconds and chatted, smiling all the while.

Modi and Sharif had shaken hands and interacted briefly during the retreat at the Dhulikhel earlier in the day. 

The two had studiously ignored each other during the summit Wednesday, the sixth anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that India has blamed on Pakistani elements.

In a significant development, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif held informal talks during the 18th Saarc Summit retreat Thursday afternoon.