Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup called the reports based on a book as completely baseless. "The Report is completely baseless. NO such meeting took place in Kathmandu during the SAARC Summit," he said in a tweet while responding to queries on whether the meeting had taken place or not.
Yesterday, Pakistan’s Federal Government spokesman had also rubbished reports, saying no such meeting was held during the SAARC conference in Kathmandu. Media reports quoting a book said that a year ago, PM Modi and Sharif held an hour-long secret meeting where the two leaders shared their constraints while agreeing they needed more time and greater political space to move forward with public engagements.
Earlier in the day, the Congress sought a clarification from the government on the issue. "Did the Prime Minister at all have a meeting with Pakistan PM? If yes, then why did his government keep it secret? Was it for image? Optics? 56-inch-chest or for political deliverables?" party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi asked while talking to reporters.

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