40-member delegation will accompany Zardari to India

PM will host a lunch which will be preceded by a meeting between the two leaders,sources said.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 6:32:17 pm

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will be accompanied by a 40-member delegation when he arrives here on a “private visit” during which he will have lunch with the Prime Minister and pay obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

The delegation comprises the President’s family members,senior officials of the Presidency and a media contingent,official sources said,without naming any particular minister.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host a lunch which will be preceded by a meeting between the two leaders,they said.

“We are still in discussion,” they said when asked if Home Minister P Chidambaram would be part of the Prime Minister’s delegation since there are reports that Interior Minister Rehman Malik could be accompanying the President.

Sources kept insisting it was a “private visit” of Zardari and India had conveyed that if it was convenient,the Prime Minister would host a lunch for him here.

The two leaders last met in 2009 on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Russia.

On the agenda of the meeting,sources said are “all issues of interest will be raised… The lunch is preceded by a meeting between the Prime Minister and President Zardari,” but refused to give any details of matters that are likely to figure.

The sources said the Pakistan President will go to Jaipur and from there will head to Ajmer.

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