PM to discuss terror with Pak president in Havana

Manmohan and Musharraf are expected to be in Cuba during Sept 11 to 16 for the summit of the 116-member NAM.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 19:56 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that he would raise India's concerns on terrorism when he meets President Pervez Musharraf in Havana next week on the sidelines of the NAM summit.

"I will be raising the issue of terrorism as it affects both countries," he told reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan after attending a function where new Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha was administered the oaths of office and secrecy by President APJ Abdul Kalam.

Observing that the confidence-building measures (CBMs) were making progress, Singh said that India was ready to look into all outstanding issues with Pakistan.

There has been a lot of progress in the CBMs and the last two years saw more people-to-people contacts than was expected, Singh said, citing visits to India by leaders from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as also to PoK by leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.

Asked whether he was satisfied with steps taken by Islamabad to contain terrorism, Manmohan contended that if he was satisfied "why should there have been interruption in talks?".

Foreign secretary-level talks slated to be held in July were put off by India in the wake of the July 11 Mumbai bomb blasts as the needle of suspicion pointed to the Pakistan-based terror group Lashker-e-Taiba.

Manmohan Singh and Musharraf are expected to be in Cuba during September 11-16 for the summit of the 116-member Non-Aligned Movement.

First Published: Sep 07, 2006 19:44 IST