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No meeting fixed with Pak during UN General Assembly meet: India

delhi Updated: Sep 22, 2010 19:16 IST

A day after there were reports of India seeking a meeting with Pakistan, the government on Wednesday remained non-committal on the issue and maintained that as of now there was no bilateral meeting fixed with Islamabad on the margins of UN General Assembly in New York.

External Affairs Ministry sources maintained that as of now no bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi has been fixed even as the calender of Krishna was still "evolving".

"One of the events is the SAARC Foreign Minister's meeting most likely on September 28. It is expected that External Affairs Minister and Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi will be attending the meeting. That is an event already has been slated at the moment. That is where things stand at the moment," a source said.

According to reports from Islamabad yesterday, India has sought a meeting between Krishna and Qureshi and Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal conveyed New Delhi's request during a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.

While Krishna will be in New York till September 29, Qureshi will be there till September 30.

Sources in New Delhi said there will be many events when the two leaders will be together, including the SAARC ministerial meeting on September 28.

There are number of bilateral meeting which have been confirmed, including the US, Bangladesh, Belgium, Nigeria, France, Russia and South Africa Krishna will have on the margins of UNGA.

There was also no meeting finalised between Krishna and the Chinese Foreign Minister so far, the sources said.

While there are some confirmed bilateral meetings, some are in the process of getting confirmed and some are at uncertainty stage due to timings and availability from both sides, they said.