Zardari to be accompanied by 40-member delegation

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 20:31

New Delhi: Pakistan President Asif Ali
Zardari will be accompanied by a 40-member delegation when he
arrives here on a "private visit" during which he will have
lunch with the Prime Minister and pay obeisance at the shrine
of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

There is minister in that delegation which comprises the
President`s family members, senior officials of the Presidency
and a media contingent, official sources said, without naming
any particular minister.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host a lunch which
will be preceded by a meeting between the two leaders, they
said.

"We are still in discussion", they said when asked if
Home Minister P Chidambaram will be part of the Prime
Minister`s delegation since there are reports that Interior
Minister Rehman Malik could be accompanying the President.

Sources kept insisting that it was a "private visit" of
Zardari and India had conveyed that if it was convenient, the
Prime Minister would host a lunch for him here.

The two leaders had last met in 2009 on the sidelines of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Russia.

On the agenda of the meeting, the sources said, "All
issues of interest will be raised...The lunch is preceded by a
meeting between the Prime Minister and President Zardari," but
refused to give any details of matters that are likely to
figure.

The sources said the Pakistan President will go to Jaipur
and from there will head to Ajmer.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 20:31

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