Modi, Sharif shake hands, chat at SAARC closing event

Modi, Sharif shake hands, chat at SAARC closing event

By: || Updated: 27 Nov 2014 11:50 AM
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.

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

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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.