Pakistan confirms PM to meet Indian counterpart in Egypt
Published: Jul 09, 2009 08:13 PM Updated: May 25, 2011 12:51 PM

Pakistan Thursday confirmed that Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will meet with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in Egypt later this month.

 At a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said there is no fixed agenda for talks but the two sides would also discuss the issue of resumption of the suspended dialogue process.

 The two leaders will attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the Egyptian city of Sharm el Sheikh.

 Basit said Pakistan emphasizes the need for positive and constructive talks with India on the sidelines of the NAM as this is the only way to resolve problems confronting the region.

 "Pakistan wants resumption of the composite dialogue process as quickly as possible," he said.

 The spokesman said apart from the Indian leader, the prime minister would also have bilateral meetings with other heads of delegations to the NAM summit.

 Responding to a question, he said Pakistan draws satisfaction from the fact that Obama administration agrees to what Pakistan has been saying that problems in this region need to be dealt with comprehensively and in a holistic manner. He hoped that this strategy would help resolve problems and conflicts in the region.

 Asked to differentiate between the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations towards Pakistan, he said the Obama administration is evolving a long term partnership with Pakistan and the focus of the engagement is in areas and issues which are people centric.

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