Pakistan keen on Manmohan’s visit this year

May 21st, 2008 - 11:42 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By Manish Chand
Islamabad, May 21 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday again invited Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Islamabad and expressed the hope that he will come here later this year to quicken the pace of peace process between the two countries. “It has been decided that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit this year,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee after concluding review of the fourth round of the composite dialogue between the two countries.

“Mutually convenient dates will be decided later on,” Qureshi said.

“We will try to expedite his visit,” was all Mukherjee would say.

If the visit materializes, it will be Manmohan Singh’s first visit to the country as prime minister. Manmohan Singh was born in a Punjab village which is now part of Pakistan.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the last Indian prime minister to visit Pakistan in 2004 to attend the Saarc summit - the landmark visit that saw the resumption of peace process and the revival of the composite dialogue after bilateral talks between the two neighbours.

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