Zardari to meet Manmohan in India

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 02, 2012 10:50 hrs

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch during his scheduled private visit to India this month.

Zardari will meet Singh at New Delhi on April 8.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said in a statement that Zardari has accepted the invitation of Singh for lunch in New Delhi.

Zardari would visit Ajmer in India on April 8 to offer prayer at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

While the Indian Prime Minister met his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in recent times (as recent as on Mar 27 last in Seoul), he had last met Zardari in July 2009 on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Russia.

Nuclear armed neighbours India and Pakistan are talking since early 2010 now with foreign secretary level talks held last year in June.

During the World Cup semifinal in Mohali between Pakistan and India in March 2011, Singh and Gilani had met one the sidelines and over dinner in the much touted cricket diplomacy.

An informal meeting between Singh and Gilani also happened in Seoul on Mar 27 on the sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit.

The two nations are keen to normalize trade relations.

Talks between India and Pakistan were broken after the 26/11 attack in Mumbai in Nov 2008 when Pakistani terrorists launched several coordinated strikes in vital places of India´s financial heart and two luxury hotels, killing 166 people and wounding more than 300.

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