India's PM says will meet Pakistan premier in New York
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh confirmed on Wednesday he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, after raised tensions between the neighbours.
"During my visit to New York, I... look forward to bilateral meetings with the leaders of some of our neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan," Dr Singh said in a statement before leaving for the United States.
The meeting had been in jeopardy after five Indian soldiers were killed in August along the de facto border that divides disputed Kashmir, an ambush which Delhi blamed on the Pakistan army.
Islamabad denied any responsibility for the ambush, which sparked weeks of tensions and deadly military skirmishes between the neighbours over the Himalayan territory, which both countries control in part but claim in full.