Gilani, PM Manmohan for Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left here on Saturday for the March 26-27 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, prior to which he will be on a two-day official visit to South Korea.
“We expect the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani Premiers to go ahead as considerable progress has been made in the peace process, especially the normalisation of trade ties. A Pakistani judicial commission also visited India recently as part of the probe into the Mumbai attacks,” a source said.
There was no official word on the meetings.
Mr. Gilani will reach Seoul on Sunday for the two-day Nuclear Security Summit beginning on March 26.
His meeting with Mr. Obama will take place at a time when a joint sitting of Pakistan’s Parliament will resume debating new terms of engagement with the U.S. that were proposed by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.
The official sources said the meeting is expected to focus on these revised terms of engagement.
Pakistan government ordered a Parliamentary review of the ties with the U.S. after a string of crises last year, including the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad and a cross-border NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
During the official visit, Manmohan Singh will hold talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in restricted and delegation-level formats, while the two countries will sign an agreement on simplifying the issuance of visas. A joint statement will also be issued.
An interaction with leading CEOs of South Korean corporations is scheduled for March 26 morning.
Fri 23 Mar, 2012,10:01:45 PM