Possibility of a Krishna-Qureshi `pull-aside` at UNGA

Krishna leaving for a 10-day visit to US will represent India at 65th UN General Assembly meeting.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 20:35 PM IST

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will leave early Sunday morning for the US to attend United Nations General Assembly during which a chance meeting
with his Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi is not ruled out.

While ruling out a "structured bilateral meeting" between Krishna and Qureshi, sources here maintained the two leaders will be together on many occasions, providing the possibility of a "pull-aside".
Krishna, who is leaving on a 10-day visit, will represent India at meeting of the 65th United Nations General Assembly and other associated events and will be joined by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao who is already there.

Rao is currently in Washington to discuss and firm up the agenda for US President Barack Obama`s maiden visit to India in November. The two ministers will be at the UN Secretary General`s dinner and later at the SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting in New
York, the sources added.

"There are so many occasions when the two (Krishna and Qureshi) will be together and one cannot rule out the possibility of a pull-aside," sources said. The sources also maintained that there will not be a bilateral meeting between Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir.
Interested in a meaningful engagement with Pakistan, India is also hoping Qureshi accepts the invitation extended to him by Krishna during their 15 July talks in Islamabad to visit India.

PTI