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Natwar to meet Musharraf in Pak

July 14, 2004 19:03 IST

External Affairs Minister  Natwar Singh would call on Pakistan President Pervez  Musharraf, Prime Minister Chawdhary Shujaat Hussain and  Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz during his visit to the country to attend the SAARC Foreign Ministers' conference.

Singh will arrive here on July 19 on his first visit to Islamabad after the Congress-led UPA government assumed charge in New Delhi.

He would also meet Musharraf for the first time which would provide an opportunity for a free and frank exchange on the progress of the composite dialogue process to resolve Kashmir and other issues, officials here said.

Besides meeting Musharraf, Hussain and Prime Minister-designate Aziz, Singh, who would be leading a delegation of top officials of the External Affairs Ministry, would hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting scheduled to be held on July 20 and 21, they said.

Singh and Kasuri have already met twice abroad, first on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue in the Chinese city of Qingdao and later at the Asian Regional Forum (ARF) in Jakarta.

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