United Nations: External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna could meet his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani
Khar on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly here,
a top Indian official said today.
Indian envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said while
there is no word yet of a formal bilateral meeting between
Krishna and Khar, the "possibility" of a meeting in a social
set-up "is very likely."
"There will be situations where they will meet at social
events, various receptions, most certainly," Puri told a group
of Indian journalists here ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s September 22-25 visit to the UN.
Puri said there will be "many occasions" for Krishna and
Khar to meet at the UNGA even though a bilateral meeting is
not yet on the schedule.
Krishna is arriving in New York on September 22 and will
be here till the 27th, during which his agenda is packed with
a slew of high level meetings. Puri said Krishna`s meetings
will include those with his counterparts in the G4, G-15 and
G-77 blocs, BRIC and South Africa, IBSA and the Commonwealth.
A large number of countries have requested bilateral
meetings with India and Krishna is expected to meet his
counterparts from UK, France and some Arab nations, he added.
Puri said an impressive Indian contingent of political
leaders and cabinet ministers will be in town for the next one
week, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Power
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Commerce and Industry Minister
Anand Sharma and Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is in the city
in his capacity as member of the panel on environment and
sustainable development. Minister for new and renewable energy
Farooq Abdullah is also in the city.