Diplomacy

Behind the bonhomie

Print edition : December 26, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the SAARC summit in Kathmandu on November 27 in the presence of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa (left) and Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (centre). Photo: PTI

Nawaz Sharif walks past Narendra Modi at the opening session of the SAARC summit in Kathmandu on November 26. Photo: REUTERS

India’s diplomatic chill with Pakistan and the failure of SAARC members to sign any significant agreement render the Kathmandu summit’s objective of “Deeper Regional Integration” a pipe dream. Moreover, China’s economic push in the region is making India nervous.
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