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No bilateral meeting scheduled between PM Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif in US

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:54 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not have a bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his current visit to the US, officials said.

"As of now there is nothing, no bilateral meeting on the schedule," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Modi and Sharif are staying in the same hotel in New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria.

When asked if there will be a "deliberate attempt" to ensure that paths of the two leaders do not cross, Swarup replied in the negative. "There will be no deliberate attempt (at paths not crossing). If a hand shake happens, you will get to see it. If a pull aside happens you will get to see it," he said.

Sharif is slated to reach New York on 25 September evening. Modi will address the Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 25 September, when the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted.

Sharif is scheduled to address the high-level meeting on 27 September. Modi will be in California on 26 and 27 September and will return to New York on 28 September, when apart from meeting US President Barack Obama, he will attend the high-level Peacekeeping Summit at the UN headquarters.

Since Sharif will also be attending the summit, the multilateral gathering will provide a forum for the leaders of India and Pakistan to come face-to-face. Modi, who arrived in New York for his second US visit, will depart for India late 28 September or the early morning of 29 September but Sharif will remain in the city.

He will address the annual debate of the General Assembly on 30 September, a day before India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the gathering of world leaders on 1 October.


First published: 24 September 2015, 8:37 IST