Pak Foreign Minister to arrive on June 27

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New Delhi, Jun 23 (UNI) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will arrive here on June 27 on a three-day visit for talks with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on carrying forward the Composite Dialogue Process (CDP) between the two countries into its fifth round.

This will be the second meeting between the two Foreign Ministers during the past 45 days. The two Minister last met in Islamabad on May 20-21.

Four rounds of the CDP have already beeen completed ''satisfactorily,'' officials said here.

Mr Qureshi will also visit Jaipur, Ajmer and Chandigarh, the External Affairs Ministry said today while announcing the visit.

The visit follows the invitation extended to the Pakistan Foreign Minister by the External Affairs Minister during his visit to Islamabad.

Mr Qureshi will be leading a six-member delegation comprising senior officials and recently appointed Pakistan Ambassador-at-Large Nasir Ali Khan.

During the visit, he will also hold talks with major political leaders and business representatives, sources said.

A meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders--the Hurriyat--is also in the pipeline.

The Foreign Minister will be accompanied by senior Foreign Ministry officials and will hold bilateral talks the same day with the External Affairs Minister.

He is also expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

A meeting with President Pratibha Patil is also likely, the sources added.

Mr Qureshi will also meet Leader of the Opposition L K Advani and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on June 28, besides some senior leaders of the allied parties of the UPA government.

During their discussions, the two Foreign Ministers will follow-up on the important decisions taken during their first meeting in Islamabad, particularly the finalisation of the pending agreement on liberalisation of the visa regime, officials said.

Other key items on the agenda would be the Jammu and Kashmir, Sir Creek, Siachen, economic cooperation and trade matters.

The visit acquires special significance as it would set the tone for the next round of CDP and the future course of bilateral engagement.


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