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set to meet Musharraf in Kathmandu
NEW DELHI, Nov 2 (NNI):
Indian Prime Minister Atal
Behari Vajpayee, may not want to see the Pakistan President General Pervez
Musharraf, in New York later this month, but the two leaders are all set
to meet at a forum of the South Asian leaders in Nepal in early January.
The English daily The Hindu quoted the knowledgeable sources as saying in
New Delhi that India has signalled through diplomatic channels its
readiness to attend the long- delayed summit of the South Asian
Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) now scheduled for January 4-6
next year at Kathmandu.
All the other leaders of the seven members of the regional grouping have
apparently confirmed their participation in the Kathmandu summit. The
assent of India, which has been hesitant until now to convene such a
meeting, may help revive the moribund regional association as well as
resume Indo-Pakistan dialogue at the highest level.
The certainty of a meeting within the SAARC framework in early January is
likely to take some of the immediate political heat off Mr. Vajpayee not
to avoid a meeting with General Musharraf on the margins of the United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York later this month.
It should also give some time and space for India and Pakistan to cool the
current bilateral tensions before the January engagement. The heightened
rhetoric of the last few days in both the capitals has tended to deepen
the political bitterness between the two adversaries. The slated encounter
in January does not necessarily mean that a meeting in New York has been
completely ruled out. But the prospects of such a meeting have widely been
seen as dim. Both the leaders are expected to address the UNGA around the
same time. Mr. Vajpayee is slated to speak on November 10. He may have
some time on January 11 to meet Gen. Musharraf.
Meanwhile, the smaller nations of the subcontinent have been clamouring
for an early meeting of the SAARC summit, that has been postponed for a
number of reasons. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at the
end of 1999 in Kathmandu.
India had also began to soften its opposition to the SAARC processes at
the political level and allowed a meeting of the South Asian Foreign
Secretaries in August in Colombo. The Indian Foreign Secretary, Ms.
Chokila Iyer, met her counterpart, Mr.Inamul Haq, on the margins of that
But the post- September 11 tensions between India and Pakistan had once
again raised doubts about the SAARC summit. India's green signal now for
regional interaction at the highest political level is bound to be
welcomed by all its neighbours. Nepal, in particular, is eager to take
hold of the SAARC reins.ŚNNI
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