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The Who, When & Where

Musharraf delegation to have the same number as accompanied Vajpayee to Lahore as itinerary for the visit gets firmed up

The Who, When & Where
The Who, When & Where
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After several rounds of official-level consultations over the size of the delegation that would accompany Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musahrraf to New Delhi, India and Pakistan have reportedly agreed that its composition would be the same as that of the one that accompanied Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee to Lahore in 1999.

Officials, however, said here today that the exact composition of the delegation would be finalised by a two-member Pakistani team visiting New Delhi on July 2.

As per tentative itinerary, circulated among the Pakistan media in Islamabad, Gen Musharraf and Vajpayee would have two lengthy rounds of talks in Agra on July 15. They would discuss a host of bilateral and regional issues.

Both leaders would fly to Agra from New Delhi on the morning of July 15 and begin the summit with a one-to-one meeting.

This would be followed by another round along with officials.

As per details of Gen. Musharaff's three-day programme in India, he was expected to set off to New Delhi fairly early in the morning on July 14.

On reaching New Delhi, he would be accorded a warm welcome, including a 21-gun salute at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where he would stay.

He would would begin his programme by laying a wreath at the samadhi of Mahatama Gandhi.

From there, he would drive back to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Among the first callers on him would be Vice President Krishan Kant and Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi.

Gen. Musharraf, according to the officials, would be the first Pakistani President to stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

After meetings with Kant and Gandhi, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh and Home Minister L K Advani would call on him separately before lunch which would be hosted in his honour by Vajpayee.

In the afternoon, President Musharraf will attend a reception arranged in his honour by Pakistan High Commissioner to India Ashraf Jahangir Qazi at the Paksitan High Commission.

After that he would call on President K R Narayanan. Their meeting would be followed by a banquet hosted by the Indian President. Prime Minister Vajpayee, members of his cabinet, Pakistan high commissioner and other members of the diplomatic corps based in New Delhi were expected to attend the banquet.

On July 15, Gen Musharraf, accompanied by his wife, would take off time in the afternoon to visit the Taj Mahal. He was likely to address a joint press conference with Vajpayee.

In the evening, he would attend the dinner hosted by the Governor and the Chief Minister of the Utter Pradesh.

The morning of the of July 16 has been kept open for him and Vajpayee to continue the talks if necessary. Later in the afternoon President Musharraf will go to Ajmer Sharif to pay homage to famous Muslim saint Khwaja Moeenuddin Chishti, before returning to Pakistan at the conclusion of his three-day visit to India.

It is still not clear whether he would fly home directly from Jaipur or he would go to New Delhi and return from there on the same day.

The protocol delegation from Pakistan would also finalise the itinerary of Begum Musharraf, who would also be accompanying him.

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