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PM convenes envoys' conference

December 20, 2008 17:58 IST

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Amid its efforts to build global pressure on Pakistan in the wake of Mumbai attacks, the government has convened a two-day conference of its Ambassadors and High Commissioners on Monday during which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] is expected to tell them to work in this regard.

The conference, to be attended by over 120 Heads of Indian Missions, will deliberate on the diplomatic challenges before the country and how to brace for meeting these, sources said.

The conclave will be inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee while the Prime Minister will speak to the envoys the next day, the sources said.

Singh and Mukherjee will tell the envoys about how they should present India in the present global scenario when terrorism and financial crisis are posing greatest challenges to the world.

They are expected to speak about the Mumbai attacks, which were carried out by Pakistan-based terrorists with the suspected help of ISI, and the ensuing tensions between India and Pakistan.

Singh and Mukherjee are likely to tell the envoys to highlight how India has been facing terrorism emanating from Pakistan despite New Delhi's [Images] keen desire to improve relations with the western neighbour in all areas, the sources said.

The Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister are expected to outline the steps that India has taken to improve ties with Pakistan and how the neighbour has failed to reciprocate the gestures in terms of ending terrorism.

The intent is that the envoys should highlight these aspects in the countries where they are posted as part of efforts to build pressure on Pakistan to end terrorism. 

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