PM to meet Nawaz Sharif to strenghten bilateral relations

Manmohan likely to meet Nawaz Sharif
New Delhi, Sept 25: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday confirmed that a bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on the cards as he left for US for the UN General Assembly Meet.

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In a statement he said: "During my visit to New York, I also look forward to bilateral meetings with the leaders of our neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan."

Singh's statements end the clouds of doubt that were hovering over this meet in case the Pakistani PM makes any reference to Kashmir in his address to the UN General assembly. Sharif is expected to speak at the UN a day before Manmohan Singh.

The recent incidents of ceasefire violations at the LoC and the death of five Indian soldiers along the LoC had created a rift between the two nations, even as PAkistan denied its role in any of these attacks.

Singh confirmed bilateral talks despite strong opposition from the BJP who had urged the PM not to hold talks with Sharif unless Pakistan showed some commitment towards ending the attacks on India.

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