Nirupama Subramanian

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri will hold an informal meeting with Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on November 27.

The occasion is a lunch that Mr. Mukherjee will host for the Pakistan Foreign Minister, who will arrive in New Delhi on November 25 on a private visitto attend a wedding. This would be the first meeting between the Ministers, and they are likely to hold informal discussions on the just-concluded talks between the Foreign Secretaries.

They are due to hold an official meeting in Islamabad in mid-January 2007 to review the third round of the composite dialogue process. Every round is usually capped by a meeting of the Foreign Ministers directly after that of the Foreign Secretaries. Officials attributed the long gap between the two meetings to Mr. Mukherjee taking over the External Affairs portfolio only recently.