NEW YORK | The prime ministers of both the countries will be staying at the same hotel. The familiar old question is back will it help to improve the relationships between both the countries, Pakistan and India? Narendra Modi and Nawab Sharif will stay in New York during United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA) has created a big buzz. The questions like whether the two leaders will meet when they arrive in the city for the landmark 70th UN General Assembly session this week, whether the two leaders will come face-to-face during their meeting is very common one. PM Modi reaches New York on Wednesday whereas the Pakistani PM arrives two days later on Friday, sources said.
On the other side sources in Foreign Ministry said there has been no official announcement about any possible bilateral meeting, it is interesting to note that Modi and Sharif will be staying at the same hotel. Modi will address the Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 25, when the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted.
Sharif is scheduled to address the high-level meeting on September 27. Modi will be in California on September 26 and 27 and will return to New York on September 28, when apart from meeting US President Barack Obama, he will attend the high- level Peacekeeping Summit at the United Nations 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. The peacekeeping summit will be addressed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN President Barack Obama. India is the single largest contributor to UN peacekeeping and so far 180,000 Indian troops have participated in 44 of the 69 operations mandated by the Security Council.
Pakistan is also among the troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions. Modi will depart for early morning of September 29th but Sharif will remain in the city. The Waldorf Astoria has traditionally been the hotel of choice for US Presidents when they visit the city for the annual UN General Assembly sessions. However, last year a Chinese company purchased the hotel. The President and his staff will be staying instead at the New York Palace Hotel this time.
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