Pranab may visit Pakistan next month
Live Punjab News Service
New Delhi -- External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to go to Islamabad on an official visit next month to talk on a range of issues including progress on the anti-terror mechanism being set up Wednesday.
The visit is under discussion and may be finalised towards the end of this month when Kasuri comes here to attend the wedding of Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer's daughter, official sources told IANS.
The two sides are also exploring the possibility of a meeting between Kasuri and Mukherjee during his visit this month.
If Mukherjee goes to Pakistan, he will formally extend an invitation to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to attend the 14th SAARC summit to be held here in April next year.
This could be the first visit by Mukherjee to a foreign country after assuming charge of the external affairs ministry this month.
Foreign ministers of India and Pakistan normally meet after a review of the composite dialogue by foreign secretaries of the two countries.
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammad Khan Wednesday ended their two-day talks that reviewed the third round of the composite dialogue and discussed terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir.
The foreign secretary talks were postponed after the July 11 Mumbai train killings, blamed by New Delhi on the Pakistani intelligence. Therefore the meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries was put off as well. Moreover, India didn't have a full-time foreign minister at that time.