Leaders of India, Pakistan to meet in New York

The meeting is their first face-to-face encounter since Sharif's election victory in May.

Leaders of India, Pakistan to meet  in New York

World Bulletin / News Desk

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are scheduled to hold a summit on Sunday. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh will meet in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

It is their first face-to-face encounter since Sharif's election victory in May, and may be among the last as Singh is due to step down next year.

Sharif has called the meeting a chance for a "new beginning," and Singh on September 28 told the General Assembly that "I reciprocate his sentiments."

Singh told UN delegates that India is eager to resolve all issues with Pakistan. However, he also repeated his concerns about terror attacks and the government's view that Kashmir "is an integral part of India."

India and Pakistan have fought three wars in their 65 years since independence from Britain. Relations have been strained since the 2008 Mumbai attacks and recent attacks in Kashmir. 

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