NEW DELHI - In the first official confirmation that talks between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh are being planned, Sharif’s special envoy Shahryar Khan said that discussions are on for the meet between the leaders in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA.
While speaking to CNN-IBN, Shahryar Khan said “The meeting between the two PMs has been pencilled in, final confirmation is awaited.” Khan said that two prime ministers are likely to meet on September 29 after the UNGA.
In another development, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will meet his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz on September 13 in Kyrgyzstan during which they will try to schedule a meeting between their prime ministers in New York later this month.
While a request for a meeting between Khurshid and Aziz was sought by the Pakistani side through their High Commission in New Delhi, the Indian side has also given the consent for the same “verbally”, PTI reported quoting sources.
They said the meeting between Khurshid and Aziz on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet in Bishkek was also aimed at reducing the tension between the two countries in the backdrop of a series of ceasefire violations.
The meeting between the two foreign ministers will take place in Bishkek on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
The meeting was confirmed by Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir who said that a deal to de-escalate tension along the Line of Control (LoC) was in the works.