Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other SAARC leaders played a key role in bringing together Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif for a handshake that ended their cold vibes at the recent SAARC summit, Nepal's foreign minister said on Sunday.
In a photo-op that appeared to belie the recent animosity between the two neighbours, PM Narendra Modi and Nawab Sharif kept their handshake for several seconds and chatted, smiling all the while, as Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the host of the SAARC Summit, looked on happily.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night returned here after a three-day visit to Nepal where he attended the SAARC summit and held bilateral talks with leaders of a host of neighboring countries.
Pakistan today said it is wrong to blame it for creating hurdles in economic integration of the SAARC region, saying it was not the only country which had not completed internal procedures for the inking of connectivity agreements during the Summit in Nepal.
SAARC leaders were Thursday treated to a vegetarian lunch, comprising green bean and potato curry and spiced mushroom curry among other delicacies, at the Dhulikhel resort near here on the concluding day of the two-day summit.
It is a simple vegetarian spread "with less spices and oil" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi while his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif is having halal meat dishes during their stay in Nepal for the SAARC Summit.