Manmohan, Zardari face to face in Russia

June 16th, 2009 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Yekaterinburg, June 16 (IANS) Marking their first encounter since the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday shook hands and posed for cameras ahead of their talks in this Russian industrial city.
Manmohan Singh and Zardari met at the summit of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the Ball Room of Hotel Hyatt Regency where they are participating as observers.

They will meet later Tuesday for a 30-minute meeting at the Silver Room of the hotel.

Terrorism will top the agenda at their first meeting since the Nov 26, 2008 terrorist attacks that led India to suspend the composite dialogue with Pakistan, officials said.

The SCO comprises Russia, China and Central Asian Republics, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyztan and Kazakhstan. This is the first SCO summit at which an Indian prime minister is participating since India, along with Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia, was included as an observer at the SCO four years ago.

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