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Pakistan, India premiers to meet twice in two weeks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 5, IRNA
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz of Pakistan and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh are expected to meet twice within two weeks in two different international gatherings.

The News reported in its Wednesday issue that the two leaders will be meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Moscow in the last week of October.

Likewise, the daily added that the two leaders will also meet in Bangladesh at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit that is to take place on November 25 and 26.

Experts here believe these meetings could help the Pak-India peace process move forward.

The newspaper said that key issues between the two countries, such as the Kashmir problem and bilateral trade are likely to figure prominently during their discussions in these two foras.

There has been significant increase in interaction between the two countries' top leadership since the Pak-India peace process started in February last year.

Both countries have fought two of their three wars on Kashmir, a disputed piece of land since their independence from British rule in August 1947.

The peace process was kicked off in the wake of a historic meeting between President General Pervez Musharraf and then Indian premier Atal Behari Vajpayee on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Islamabad on January 6, 2004.


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