Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving a speech.Representative image. Reuters file

The cold war between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif was distinctly visible on day one of the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday. The two hardly made eye contact.

Modi and Sharif were sitting just two seats away from each other with the leaders of Maldives and Nepal sandwiched in between, reports The Hindu.

Earlier in the day, India said there was "no structured meeting" planned between the two leaders.

"We (have not planned) any structured meeting between our prime minister and the Pakistani prime minister simply because we have not received a request to that extent," Indian ministry of external affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

Akbaruddin said Modi will have a series of bilateral meetings where he will "discuss substantive issues with each of our Saarc colleagues."

"It will be substantive meetings and the outcomes of the meetings will be shared following their completion later in evening," he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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