Modi-Sharif interaction salvaged the SAARC Summit, says Pak media

The handshake between prime minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif was given a prominent coverage by Pakistani media stating that the interaction salvaged the SAARC summit.

The description of their interaction was in all the leading newspapers of Pakistan.

Dawn reported that a brief meeting between Prime Ministers Sharif and Modi yesterday salvaged the SAARC summit, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.

"Mr Sharif and Mr Modi caused a stir with their handshake at Dhulikhel, site of the retreat. The two leaders held each other's hand for nearly 30 seconds. They also smiled and exchanged pleasantries", the paper said.

The News reported that after weeks of speculation and tension, the leaders of Pakistan and India finally shook hands, breathing a fresh lease of life into the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a stir as the concluding session of the 18th SAARC Summit finally saw a warm handshake between the two. They shook and held each others' hand for nearly 30 seconds. They also smiled and exchanged pleasantries", the paper said.

The brief interaction between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif was a hot topic of discussion for the newspapers as well as tv channels.

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