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Qureshi in India in first quarter of 2011: Krishna

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2010 01:27 IST

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be arriving for talks in India only in the "first quarter of next year", Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"He (Qureshi) was originally supposed to come in the end of this year. Now, it will happen hopefully in the first quarter of 2011 and we will take up where we left," Krishna told reporters.

Qureshi's visit was expected this year as a reciprocal gesture after Krishna went to Islamabad for talks, which however had collapsed publicly. But dates for the trip were difficult to find this year, with a number of high level visits scheduled in November and December.

"India believes that dialogue and continuation of talks that were initiated by me will have to be carried on," he said.

Besides US President Barack Obama, who will be here early next month, other high-level visitors to New Delhi this year would include Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.