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Zardari leaves for Rome

world Updated: Sep 28, 2009 11:54 IST

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After nearly a week-long stay in New York to attend the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has left New York for a three-day visit to Italy.

Besides addressing the UN General Assembly Session, Zardari during his stay in New York co-chaired a meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan with his US counterpart Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

He also met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, besides holding consultations with Special US Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.

Pakistani diplomats said during his three day trip to Italy, Zardari would meet his Italian counterpart Napolitano and Prime Minister Berlusconi.

Hours before leaving New York, Zardari met Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq, chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Officials said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq briefed Zardari about its perspective of the ground realities in Kashmir. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes.