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India confirms Indian, Pakistani PMs to meet Thursday in Bhutan

08:12, April 29, 2010      

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India confirmed Wednesday Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday on the margins of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in the Bhudanese capital Thimphu.

The Indo-Asian News Service quoted Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash as saying the two prime ministers would meet on Thursday after the two sides agreed through diplomatic channels to hold the bilateral meeting.

This will be the first meeting between the two leaders after their talks at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh during a non-aligned movement summit in July 2009.

India and Pakistan resumed official dialogue at foreign secretarial level in February this year after more than one year of suspension following the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008.

India insists that Pakistan punish alleged perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks before the two countries could resume composite political dialogue, as demanded by Pakistan.

Source: Xinhua
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