Indo-Pak PMs, FMs bilaterals on SAARC sidelines

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 18:51

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will
be meeting his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on the
sidelines of the SAARC Summit to be held in the Maldives next
week.

The meeting will come within days of an Indian Army
chopper straying into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) last
week due to bad weather, an incident which was amicably
resolved in record time by the two countries, surprising many.

"The two Prime Ministers are going to meet as both sides
have sought bilaterals. The dates for such a meeting are being
worked out," official sources said here on Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna is also likely to
meet his Pakistani counterpart Heena Rabbani Khar, the sources
said.

The proposed meetings would provide a fresh impetus to
the renewed peace efforts between the two countries, they
said.

Singh is likely to meet other heads of governments of the
eight SAARC countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and
Bhutan on the margins of the 17th SAARC summit on 10-11
November.

This will be the second meeting between Singh and Gilani
this year after March 30 when Gilani had accepted Singh?s
invitation to visit Mohali to watch the Pakistan-India cricket
World Cup semi-final.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 18:51

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