India's prime minister and his Pakistani counterpart shake hands at the conclusion of a summit of South Asian leaders in Nepal, easing diplomatic tensions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A brief meeting between India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday (November 27) salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid. The pact at the summit's closing ceremony in the Nepali capital will buttress Modi's ambition for South Asia to become a viable economic counterweight to China, which has made sweeping inroads in the region. Modi shook hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a mountain retreat outside Kathmandu and then again before the curtain went down on the conference. Video footage showed the two men smiling and exchanging a few words. Except for these brief exchanges, the two leaders had spent most of the summit cold-shouldering each other, however. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. On Thursday, the worst militant violence in more than a year in the Indian part of disputed Kashmir killed ten people, including three Indian soldiers. The squabbling between the rivals is widely blamed for the poor performance of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), initially founded with the goal of moving towards a European-style union.