New Delhi, Nov 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home 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. "Thank you, Kathmandu," the Prime Minister said at the end of his visit.
Yesterday, Modi had delivered his maiden address at the SAARC Summit and announced a number of measures, including issuance of 3-5 years business visa and immediate medical visa for patients coming to India for treatment.
On his way back, Narendra Modi got down from his car to say thank you to the people of Kathmandu and when he did so, people surrounded him.
Spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs Syed Akbaruddin tweeted a photograph of the PM with both arms outstretched to greet people who clamoured to shake his hand.
Thank you Kathmandu. PM @narendramodi thanks crowds who thronged his route.
Modi held bilateral meetings with top leaders of all SAARC countries except Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, the frosty Indo-Pak ties briefly gave way to some warmth today when a smiling Modi and Sharif today shook hands and exchanged pleasantries at the concluding session of the Summit but India cautioned against reading too much into such "courtesies".
Nepal played a key role in creating an environment for a warm handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif here today.
"Although we have created an atmosphere for meeting of the two leaders, it is the two leaders themselves who took initiative for the handshake," Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, who was also present on the occasion, said.
"SAARC is for creating a goodwill and understanding among all the member countries and the regional grouping could not move forward without the cooperation among them," Pandey said.
(With inputs from agencies)