Zardari to invite Manmohan to Pakistan

Apr 08, 2012, 01:55 IST | Agencies

During his first visit to India, Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari will invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit his country at "the end of this year" when the two leaders will hold one-on-one talks sans aides and note-takers

“President Zardari will invite the PM to visit Pakistan by the end of this year,” said Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit.

 This is the first time that a timeframe has been set up, triggering speculation of substantial talks. Singh and Zardari are expected to discuss “all issues”, including Kashmir and terror, that bedevil the India-Pakistan relationship, sources said.

Zardari will be accompanied by a 40-member delegation. After touching down at 11.30 am, he will head to the PM’s official residence for one-on-one talks, followed by lunch with senior members of the delegation. He will fly in the afternoon to Ajmer to offer prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

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