Rehman Malik’s wish to meet Sonia turned down
PAK INTERIOR MINISTER ARRIVING IN DELHI TODAY
New Delhi, Dec 13: Visiting Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday but will not have an interaction with Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi.
Official sources said the Prime Ministers' office had agreed to a morning meeting with Malik after a request was made for the same by the Pakistani authorities through diplomatic channels.
The sources said meetings with the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and National Security Advisor Shiv Sahnker Menon are also being fixed at the request of Malik for Saturday before he returns on the same afternoon.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs turned down the desire of the Pakistani side for a meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the sources said.
The Pakistani Interior Minister will be arriving tomorrow at the Palam Technical Airport at 2 pm along with his wife and a delegation which includes officials from Federal Investigating Agency.
The official-level talks will be held at 5 pm after which a joint statement is expected to be released in the presence by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Malik announcing operationalisation of new Indo-Pak liberalized visa agreement signed during the visit of the then External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in September this year.
This will be followed by one-to-one meeting between Shinde and Malik ahead of the dinner being hosted for the visiting dignitary by the Home Ministry.
Malik, who arrives on December 14 afternoon, will be accompanied by a 15-member delegation and a 5-member Pakistani media team. Earlier, the number of delegates was nine. He plans to return on the early morning of December 16.
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