Modi, Sharif exchange pleasantries

Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged pleasantries with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at a reception in Astana amid escalating Indo-Pak tensions over a range of issues.
Official sources said Modi and Sharif exchanged greetings when they were in the leaders’ lounge for the reception at the Astana Opera organised to welcome the leaders who are participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.
Since it was the first occasion when the two leaders came across each other after Sharif’s heart surgery, Modi enquired about his health, the sources said.
Modi also enquired about Sharif’s mother and family, they said.
Earlier, asked whether Modi and Sharif will have a bilateral meeting, External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “Our position has not changed. There is no proposal from their side. There is no proposal either from our side.” (Agencies)