PM arrives in Maldives for SAARC Summit

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 14:38

Male: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived
here on Wednesday on a four-day visit to Maldives during which he
will attend the SAARC Summit and have a meeting with his
Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The two-day Summit begins on Thursday in Addu Islands after
which Singh will leave for Male, capital of Maldives, for
bilateral discussions with President Mohamed Nasheed on
Saturday.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet Gilani tomorrow.

The MFN issue is likely to come up during the talks
between the two Premiers and a clarity on it may emerge after
some sort of flip-flop on the part of Islamabad in explaining
the decision.

The two Prime Ministers are also expected to review
progress in bilateral ties.

They last met in March when Gilani accepted Singh`s
invitation to watch the India-Pakistan cricket World Cup
semi-final in Mohali. Their last formal talks took place
during the 2010 SAARC summit in Bhutan.

The Foreign Secretaries of the two countries, who are
already in Maldives, met yesterday to discuss bilateral issues
and matters relating to the prime ministerial meeting.

Ranjan Mathai and Salman Bashir expressed satisfaction
on the engagement process and agreed that "stable, normal and
predictable" ties were in their interest as well as of the
region.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 14:38

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