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Kasuri to arrive in New Delhi on Nov 26

The Pak foreign minister will travel to India to attend the wedding of Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer's daughter.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 16:18 IST

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri will travel to India on November 26 to attend the wedding of Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer's daughter.

Both Aiyer and Kasuri studied together at the Cambridge University.

The Foreign Minister's scheduled trip to New Delhi would augur well for the anticipated visit to Islamabad by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chairman of the Pakistan Senate Foreign Relations Committee Mushahid Hussain told reporters on Friday after a briefing by Kasuri on Islamabad's foreign policy.

Hussain, who would accompany Kasuri to India, said: "This visit will also help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbours."

Kasuri was also hopeful that the forthcoming round of the Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two sides, scheduled to take place between November 14 and 15, would produce positive results, Hussain was quoted by the 'Daily Times' as saying.

Kasuri said in an interview recently that during his visit to New Delhi he hopes to meet the new External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee informally.

Pakistan expects to have a formal meeting between the two Ministers shortly after the Foreign Secretary-level talks to hold a review meeting of the third round of the Composite Dialogue process.

Dates for their meeting were expected to be fixed during the Foreign Secretary-level talks.

First Published: Nov 04, 2006 16:18 IST