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No plans for Nawaz-Modi meeting in New York: FO

25 September, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that there is no meeting scheduled to take place between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN general Assembly in New York.

Speaking to a private TV channel, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said the premier, accompanied by a small delegation, will address the United Nations General Assembly on September 26.

She said Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the PM Tariq Fatimi, Foreign Secretary Azaz Ahmed, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Jalil, Abbas Jilani and Pakistan's Permanent Envoy to UN Ambassador Masood Khan are members of the premier's delegation.

According to the spokesperson, the premier's visit is only for three days, starting from September 24-26, and he will return to Islamabad from New York on September 27.

"It is not a bilateral visit; however on the sidelines of the United National General Assembly, the premier is expected to hold bilateral meetings with many world leaders," she remarked.

The spokesperson confirmed that no meeting has been planned between US President Barack Obama and PM Nawaz.

However, PM Nawaz Sharif will co-chair the UN peacekeeping summit, along with US Vice President Joe Biden and a few other world leaders.


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