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Pranab to visit Pakistan in Jan
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The first formal Foreign Minister-level talks between India and Pakistan after the Mumbai blasts are likely to be held in Islamabad on January 14.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will travel to Pakistan on January 13 to invite General Pervez Musharraf for the SAARC summit on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. India will be hosting the summit in April 2007.

The date for his visit was decided today during an informal lunch he hosted for his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri at Hyderabad House. Mr Kasuri would leave for Pakistan tomorrow.

Earlier, former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh had a breakfast meeting with Mr Kasuri. Mr Kasuri asserted that irrespective of the political scenario, the human relationship between India and Pakistan must survive. He said both countries had put their best efforts to promote peace. “We have worked together to promote peace between Pakistan and India. I thought it was absolutely essential. In politics there are ups and downs but human relationships must survive,” he said.

Mr Natwar Singh said Indo-Pak peace talks must continue. “He has made a major contribution towards improving India Pakistan relations. He is under the guidance of the President. He is the main person doing this process. We both felt that the process must continue. I did my little bit,” he said.

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