Nawaz, Modi shake hands during climate summit in Paris

Published: November 30, 2015
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an informal meeting at the UN climate summit in Paris on November 30, 2015. PHOTO: TWITTER

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an informal meeting at the UN climate summit in Paris on November 30, 2015. PHOTO: TWITTER

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shook hands as they briefly met during the climate summit in Paris, Express News reported.

The Indian foreign ministry confirmed the unofficial meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Paris.

PM Nawaz is in Paris on a two-day official visit for the United Nations Conference on climate change starting from Monday.

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He is representing Pakistan during the international conference and is expected to deliver a speech on the opening day of the two-week event. He will also highlight the steps taken by Pakistan in consideration of climate change.

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Apart from speaking at the conference, PM Nawaz will hold separate meetings with world leaders.

Speaking to media upon arrival, the premier vowed to overcome the challenges of climate change saying it was the world’s collective responsibility to address them.

About 147 heads of states and representatives are attending the conference, including US President Barrack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameroon.

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The recent meeting between the South Asian leaders of two nuclear armed states came after a span of rising tensions over a number of issues.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Strategic death
    Nov 30, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Lets see what ISPR has to say on this?Recommend

  • Begistan
    Nov 30, 2015 - 3:39PM

    Nawaz must be pleading to Modi for restoring the cricket ties otherwise PCB & PSL will be in doldrums!Recommend

  • on the lighter note
    Nov 30, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Modi is looking firm whereas Nawaz is looking a bit shy while shaking hand with each other!Recommend

  • Stabber
    Nov 30, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Is Nawaz complaining to Modi about the curtailment of his powers back home by the powerful establishment?Recommend

  • Chinese
    Nov 30, 2015 - 3:44PM

    Modi looks rockstar whether he is standing with his friends or foes!Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Nov 30, 2015 - 4:09PM

    This must have made Nawaz Sharif’s day.Recommend

  • Bisma
    Nov 30, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Great that PM and Modi shake hands together Recommend

  • Fahad
    Nov 30, 2015 - 4:26PM

    Are they communicating in Urdu/Hindi? Good to see them talking, it is better for the whole region to reduce the tensions.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 30, 2015 - 4:42PM

    There is absolutely no hesitation in accepting India as our big broather as keeping our past & present in view, we do understand that India is much bigger than us in size, economy, military, billionaires, roots of democracy, stable & successful institutions, army under civilians, bollywood, Information Technology export etc. etc.

    Long live Indo-pak friendship!Recommend

  • Feroz
    Nov 30, 2015 - 4:45PM

    Ridiculous, even shaking hands has become news and issue.Recommend

  • Sumit Sharma
    Nov 30, 2015 - 5:02PM

    Time to release fishermen as a goodwill gestureRecommend

  • illpopo
    Nov 30, 2015 - 5:06PM

    Good chemistry, the way they are interacting and paying attention to each other! a dub-smash will soon be surfaced by ISPR & RAW….Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 30, 2015 - 5:28PM

    @Pakistani:
    Yes… you are right… Mr Indian in disguise… Recommend

  • Prada
    Nov 30, 2015 - 5:54PM

    Bravo, mubarak ho ! All the problems are solved !!Recommend

  • G. Din
    Nov 30, 2015 - 6:16PM

    What is so earth-shattering about a handshake. It is normal courtesy between two adults. It is not as if they hold any personal grudges. Policies are decided on national interests. If there is no synergy, just agree to disagree and walk away.Recommend

  • Nav
    Nov 30, 2015 - 7:12PM

    Modi has written an article in Financial Times today ahead of the Summit and pledged that, India will play our part.
    (1) We have pledged that, by 2030, we will reduce emissions intensity by at least 33 per cent of 2005 levels, and
    (2)40 per cent of installed power capacity will be from non-fossil fuel sources.
    (3)We will have 175GW of renewables by 2022, and have imposed levies on coal and rationalised subsidies on petroleum products.
    (4)Additional forest and tree cover will absorb at least 2.5bn worth of carbon dioxide.
    (5)We will clean our rivers and create smart cities. We are replacing diesel with clean energy, and building 50 new metro railways. (source: Financial Times)

    Modi is also launching an international solar alliance with 121 solar-rich countries in the tropics, aiming to bring affordable solar power to villages that are off the grid. International Agency for Solar Technologies & Applications (INSTA) will be headquartered in New Delhi.

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    India also has put a ultra modern Pavilion at the Summit – showcasing it’s heritage and commitment to the Renewable energy.Recommend

  • Feedback
    Nov 30, 2015 - 8:22PM

    It is not the duty of ISPR to comment on this, they should better report regarding whats going on in barracks. We are tired of the enemy “mantra”being played by the armed forces on both sides to increase defense budget. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 30, 2015 - 8:42PM

    @Strategic death:
    Borat and his twitte sidekick are busy providing security for the Brazil olymics .

    Nawaz Sharif is the true statesman compared to the communal minded indian pmRecommend

  • Ayesha
    Nov 30, 2015 - 8:47PM

    UN should have invited Imran Khan to the Climate Summit in Paris as he is planting one billion trees in KPK. NS is uprooting trees in Punjab to make Metros and buying coal fired obsolete power project to pollute Pakistan and increase global warming.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Nov 30, 2015 - 9:10PM

    Official facebook page of Modi does not even mention this … so it means only one thing, does it not? That he attached no importance to the handshake. Do not get carried away. Our agenda is the same in India.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Nov 30, 2015 - 10:44PM

    Modi gave some tips to Sharif how to control the boys at home to improve relations between the two countries.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 30, 2015 - 11:15PM

    India set to unveil global solar alliance of 120 countries at Paris climate summit whose Headquarter will be located in India and will be known as International Agency for Solar technologies and Applications (IASTA).Recommend

  • Rangoonwala
    Nov 30, 2015 - 11:53PM

    I am not happy with the picture. Modi has the upper hand.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Dec 1, 2015 - 12:21AM

    Too bad Nawaz didn’t do the elbow for a handshake trick. I would have. He’s down at that juvenile level from my observation. Recommend

  • Humanoids
    Dec 1, 2015 - 1:16AM

    …Modi is firm cause he has all the power behind him, NS is weaker as his own ISPR and COAS can send a statement tomorrow telling this is not happening. Foreign ministry is run by Army and its shameful all in the name of “We are the custodians of the country’s ideological boundaries” This started in 1958 with no end. Every country has a military ours has a country!Recommend

  • Honest Indian Opinion
    Dec 1, 2015 - 2:27AM

    Modi and Nawaz really seem to like each other. Pakistan Army will never allow economic growth and welfare of ordinary Pakistani people.

    In fact you could bet Nawaz likes and gets along better with Modi than Imran Khan.
    Modi gets along better with Nawaz than Sonia or Rahul. Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Dec 1, 2015 - 3:41AM

    @Sunil:
    there is a reason Modi didn’t mention it on his facebook page… yes, he needs a nod from Shiv Sena before he does anything otherwise he will be taken to task by those fanatics, so it’s better to keep them in the dark. BTW, this time it was Mr. Modi who took steps towards NS with out stretched hand.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 1, 2015 - 9:19AM

    Leave cricket and other issues aside and discuss about climate change and environment. Indian cities are 2nd most polluted cities in the world after Chinese cities. Recommend

  • Narendra
    Dec 1, 2015 - 9:25AM

    @Jaggu:
    Well said Jaggu. Shivsena has become your nightmare. Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:02AM

    @Narendra:
    what do you say about LeT? Whose nightmare is it, eh??Recommend

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