NEW YORK: A one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh has concluded in New York.
The meeting, which is said to set the tone for the subsequent talks between the two neighbours, was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
According to sources both the leaders exchanged greetings in Punjabi language at the beginning of the talks.During the meeting which started in a cordial atmosphere, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as a gesture of goodwill, invited Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, however, whether or not the Indian premier accepted the invitation is yet to be known.
The sources privy to the matters said that Pakistan would raise five points during the meeting including Indian involvement in Balochistan unrest, the core issue of Kashmir, and the menace of terrorism besides matters relating to peace between the two countries would also come under discussion.
Following Nawaz-Manmohan meeting, talks would be held at the delegation level also.
Pakistan delegation comprises Sartaj Aziz, Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, Tariq Fatemi, Masood Khan and Jalil Abbas Jilani.
Led by PM Manmohan Singh, the Indian delegation is represented by external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and foreign secretary.
It must be mentioned that India has refused to hold a joint press conference or the issuance of a joint communiqué after the talks, sources said.
Initially it was announced that Singh had invited Sharif to have breakfast with him but later the plan was changed.
Courtesy: The News