PM, Zardari will have opportunity to meet in Russia next week
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Russia next week will provide an opportunity to PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prez Asif Ali Zardari to meet and break the ice brought on bilateral ties by Mumbai terror attacks.delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2009 22:35 IST
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russia next week will provide an opportunity to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to meet and break the ice brought on bilateral ties by Mumbai terror attacks.
Singh will be travelling to Yekaterinburg on June 15 for a three-day visit during which he will attend the SCO meet and Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) Summit.
Zardari will also be in the Russian city for the SCO Summit as Pakistan, like India, is an Observer in the grouping.
It is not yet clear whether the meeting between Singh and Zardari will take place as according to the present itinerary no such interaction is scheduled. But the programme can be amended if the leaders decide to meet.
India had suspended dialogue with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks which were carried out by terrorists based in that country.
Pakistan has been pressing for resumption of talks but India has been insisting that it was not not possible till Islamabad takes concrete and transparent action against perpetrators of 26/11 and dismantles terror infrastructure.
The Prime Minister today said "it is in our vital interest to try again to make peace with Pakistan", triggering speculation that India could be ready to resume talks.