SAARC Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to meet Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif

This will be their first meeting since May, when Sharif attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Yubaraj Ghimire | Updated: November 25, 2014 7:12 pm
This will be their first meeting since May, when Sharif attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi. This will be their first meeting since May, when Sharif attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi.

Signalling a thaw after the standoff over the Foreign Secretary-level talks in August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Dhulikhel retreat — about 30 kilometres away from Kathmandu — on Tuesday.

It is reliably learnt that the two leaders are likely to meet sometime later in the day, hours after Modi arrives on Tuesday.

This will be their first meeting since May, when Sharif attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi. The relationship had soured after India cancelled the Foreign Secretary-level talks over the Pakistan High Commissioner’s meeting with Hurriyat leaders.

When asked about the possibility of a meeting between Modi and Sharif on the margins of the SAARC Summit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived here on Monday evening, said with a smile, “Wait till tomorrow”.

The retreat is expected to generate an informal setting for meetings between leaders. Earlier, Nepal Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said SAARC leaders could “facilitate” a meeting between the Indian and Pakistan PMs during the retreat sessions.

Replying to a question on bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit, Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz, said, “Well, I think one or two are fixed. The rest are not yet fixed.”

On the possibility of a Modi-Sharif meeting, he said, “No plans yet.” When pressed further, Aziz said, “If the initiative (for the meeting) comes from the other side.”

Asked about a meeting with Swaraj, Aziz said, “Well if she requests, I will.” Replying to a question on whether the summit would be overshadowed by the India-Pak relationship, Aziz said, “I hope not. The SAARC is more important.”

Meanwhile, Modi is likely to flag off the Kathmandu-Delhi bus service, gift a chopper to the Nepal Army, inaugurate a trauma centre built with Indian aid, and witness the signing of a power agreement for a 900 MW project.

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  1. R
    Nov 25, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    India and stan certainly must meet to resolve bilatteral issues. But on what grounds. One party cannot fire its guns accross the boarder terrorising the innocent civilians and demand for pace talks. stan , with her nuclear nal as a sutainable weapon, impudently provoks India by firing across the boarder as and when she intends, determined that India would not extend her response beyond the boarders and will start negotiation. One cannot expect peace talks bishing the guns as India too has the nuclear nal. stan's effort must meet all sancy of the international laws. stan must understand that her attempt to internationalize the kashimir has alrady ended up in smoke. India has the support of the wolrd. Peace talks must meet all peaceful means. stan cannot ask for talks with India with a sword in one hand to stab India behind her back as was done by Musharraf. However, it is good for the country, if stan cleans up her act and fall in line with the global law and order. India's economy is large and could trod along taking her time. Paksitan's economy is slow and has no sustainable resurces, unless the donnor countries continue to donate to sustain the fargility. It is stan , like North Korea, has to depend on China for her viability. Hence it is high time that stn stop producing nuclear weapons, and join India for a peaceful co-exisistence.
    1. Mahender Goriganti
      Nov 25, 2014 at 9:12 am
      Modiji please, do not go overboard, just give him enough leverage to consolidate his power over Army and a political mileage not more.
      1. N
        Narendra M
        Nov 25, 2014 at 3:42 am
        (1) SAARCis a g idea that has failed to achieve what was expected when it was setup. Any way, it will be good if our PM Mr. Narendra Modi and Mr. Navaz Sharif,PM of stan, meet in Kathmandu. But we all know that obsession of stan about finding a solution for theKashmir issue is not only illogical, but is also an obstacle coming in the wayof normalizing relations with India.(2) Today’s irony is that no politician in stancan remain in power without being illogical on the Kashmirissue. Thus, it may be necessary for PM Navaz Sharif to talk about Kashmir every now and then, as he cannot remain as PMwithout that. (3) Incidentally, let not overlook the fact that stanis a country which is in continuous strife. Thousands of lives have been lostin stanalready on account of terrorist activities and it is well known that someterrorist groups there are actively encouraged by some stani governmentestablishments like ISI. In this context, let us not overlook the fact that USPresident has just advised PM of stan to make efforts to normalize internalsituation in stan, if expects the US President to visit stan. (4)Instead of devoting time and energy to deal with the internal unrest instan, is it not funny that stan’s PM as also the Army chief of stanare worried about finding a solution for the Kashmir issue?
        1. P
          Nov 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm
          It is 26/11 tomorrow and Modiji will for sure expose in his SAARC address enough for stan to rethink about their ineffectual control of terror breeding. The context is incidental to J & K election showing greater involvement of People's partition in electoral process..
          1. H
            Nov 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm
            Mr.Sharif does not have a leg to stand on.
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