New Delhi: As he endeavours to reduce trust
deficit between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Tuesday sent a consignment of mangoes to his counterpart
Yusuf Raza Gilani.
About 20 kgs of special Alphonso mangoes were despatched
to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, which will pass
these on to the Prime Minister`s office there, sources said.
Singh has also sent a letter to Gilani, saying that he
hopes the Pakistani Prime Minister would like the mangoes sent
as a goodwill gesture.
The initiative of sending the mangoes comes after a
bonhomie witnessed between the two Prime Ministers in Thimphu
last month when the two leaders decided to take steps to
reduce "trust deficit".
At his press conference here yesterday, Singh said the
"trust deficit" was the "biggest problem" between the two
countries because of which "we could not make any headway
in the composite dailogue."
Maintaining that it was important for India to "have
best possible relations" with Pakistan to realise "full
development potential", the Prime Minister said, "It has been
my effort to try to reduce the gap between our two countries
without surrendering or without affecting our vital national
A similar case of mango diplomacy was witnessed in early
1980s when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistani
leader Gen Zia-ul Haq exchanged `Anwar Rataul` mangoes.
In 2001, the then Pakistani ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf
had sent mangoes to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee and Home Minister L K Advani before coming to India
for the Agra Summit.