Bilateral overtone in Kasuri's visit
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri's private visit in New Delhi next week has acquired bilateral trappings, reports Vinod Sharma.india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 00:11 IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri's private visit in New Delhi next week has acquired bilateral trappings with the prospects of a meeting between him and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
"The meeting is more or less decided," a top official told the Hindustan Times. He said the time and the venue of the first interaction between the two leaders after Mukherjee's appointment as EAM were in the process of being finalised.
Unlike Kasuri's initial suggestion, the meeting will not happen on the sidelines of the marriage reception of Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's daughter.
Mukherjee will receive his Pakistani counterpart either at his South Block office or at Hyderabad House.
Sources in the Pakistani High Commission said Kasuri's itinerary is likely to be finalised over the next couple of days. Indications are that he might arrive in New Delhi on November 25 for the November 26 wedding, followed by a reception the next day.
The official refused to categorise the meeting as "formal or informal". But the interaction assumes significance in the light of Mukherjee's proposed visit to Pakistan, the dates for which are yet to be finalised, and the recent foreign secretary-level talks that set into motion the joint Indo-Pak mechanism against terrorism.
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First Published: Nov 23, 2006 00:11 IST