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Not keen to meet Vajpayee: Musharraf

Suman Guha Mozumder at the United Nations | September 25, 2003 09:30 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said he was not keen to meet Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, unless the head of the Indian government expressed a desire to meet.

"If he (Vajpayee) thinks that only I need to show the keenness (to meet him) and he is going to reject it, I won't give him that pleasure," Musharraf said during a press conference.

"I only meet with people who want to meet with me and I totally reject anyone who does not want to talk to me," Musharraf said.

The Pakistani prime minister was responding to a question as to why Vajpayee did not meet with him although both were staying in New York for the UNGA for the past few days.

Musharraf, however said that although he was not interested in talking to Vajpayee, he will not spurn an offer from the Indian prime minister. "I am not interested, (but) if he wants to meet me, I welcome him," he said.

But earlier he said both India and Pakistan should start talking to each other and that he has given a proposal to India as well during his address to the UNGA.

In that address Musharraf invited India to join Pakistan in a sustained dialogue aimed at resolving the Kashmir issue. He also proposed that the two countries announce a general cessation of violence in Kashmir, involving 'reciprocal obligations and restraints on Indian forces and on the Kashmiri freedom fighters'.

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