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Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan are likely to discuss the proposed visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Pakistan on the sidelines of a two-day Asia-Europe meeting in Hamburg on Monday.

New Delhi/Islamabad, May 28 : Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan are likely to discuss the proposed visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Pakistan on the sidelines of a two-day Asia-Europe meeting in Hamburg on Monday.

Official sources were quoted by the Dawn as saying that both Pranab Mukherjee and Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri are also likely to review the issues of troop reduction in Siachen and their maritime boundary in the Sir Creek.

Both issues are deemed to have been ripe for a solution for some time now, but after the last round of official talks on Siachen, Pakistan expressed disappointment with the outcome.

Both sides are keen to explore all possibilities to get Dr Singh to pay a much delayed visit to Islamabad. The UPA government headed by Dr Singh has claimed its Pakistan policy as a major success during a three-year term it completed last week.

A high profile visit with something positive to show for it would be necessary condition for Dr Singh. It is being seen as equally vital for President Pervez Musharraf to get Dr. Singh to pay a visit to Islamabad, as that would go a long way in removing the perceived public disenchantment with his regime.

The Hamburg meeting would be the first time that India and Pakistan will be attending a ministerial-level meeting of the informal group of Asian and European countries, after they were admitted into the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) last year along with Mongolia and the ASEAN secretariat. The two leaders last met on the sidelines of the 14th SAARC Summit in New Delhi.

Kasuri's talks with EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner and EU High Representative Javier Solana are also on the cards.

The controversial Emma Nicholson Report on Kashmir adopted by the European Parliament on May 24 would be high on the agenda during his meetings with EU representatives, the paper quoted the sources as saying.

"The foreign minister will convey Pakistan's disappointment and concern at the numerous factual inaccuracies and distortions still contained in the report. He will also underscore that the report does not positively contribute to efforts for a just settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute," a senior official told the Dawn.

At these meetings, Kasuri will be assisted by his director-general Khalid Mahmud, Director-General (East Asia Pacific) Amjad Sial, Additional Foreign Secretary (Afghanistan and ECO) Khalid Khattak and Pakistan's Ambassador to the EU, Saeed Khalid.

ANI

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