Modi stepped out of the car and shook hands with the bystanders at Kalimati in the evening on way back to the Soaltee Hotel after the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit. His move to stop and meet people took his security personnel by surprise as they were unprepared for the huge surge that came forward to greet the Indian Prime Minister.

The crowd greeted Modi with a huge applause and the people clamoured to shake hands with him and take pictures, leaving his security staff nervous.

During his first official visit to Nepal in August, Modi had similarly reached out to the Nepali public at different places in Kathmandu.

A warm handshake and a brief conversation between a smiling Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif replacing their cold vibes brought cheer to SAARC Summit which concluded on Thursday.

Modi put his hand on Sharif's arm as the two leaders looked at cameras with a long handshake even as they exchanged a few sentences. Loud applause greeted this apparent thaw which was in contrast to the two leaders ignoring each other on Wednesday.

"The two leaders exchanged pleasantries when they met for the first time after arriving here," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

The leaders gathered at Dhulikhel in Kavre district, 30 km east of the Nepalese capital, for the traditional SAARC retreat on the concluding day of the two-day summit.     

At the retreat, they held private, unofficial talks in a relaxed and more informal atmosphere.

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