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Khurshid-Aziz Kyrgyzstan meet to chalk out PMs’ New York date

Salman Khurshid will embark on a two-nation official visit to Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan.

External affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will have an “informal” meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz on Friday in Kyrgyzstan during which they will try to schedule a meeting between their PMs in New York later this month.

When asked whether there will be a meeting between Khurshid and Aziz on the sidelines of the 13th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on Friday,Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the External Affairs Minister will take the opportunity to interact “informally” with other leaders there.

“While he (Khurshid) is in Bishkek on 12 and 13 of this month for the SCO,he will take the opportunity to interact informally with several other leaders who will be present there depending on their schedules and mutually convenient time slots.

“These are usually in the form of meetings which are informal conversations. There are no structured or full-fledged meeting that is planned during the SCO summit because it is a short meeting. As regard to any specific meeting,we are still working on it,” the spokesperson said.

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Salman Khurshid will embark on a two-nation official visit to Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan from Thursday.

During his visit to Uzbekistan,the External Affairs Minister will hold bilateral discussions with the Uzbek Foreign Minister and also chair a conference of Indian heads of missions in the region.

Meanwhile,late Tuesday night,Salman Bashir met with NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.

First published on: 11-09-2013 at 01:25 IST
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