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Putin to meet PM, Musharraf separately

Moscow, May 28. The India Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, have expressed readiness to separately meet the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, at a conference in the Kazakh capital of Almaty next month, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Losyukov, said today.

Mr. Losyukov, who met Indian and Pakistani Ambassadors in Moscow earlier in the day, told Interfax that both Mr. Vajpayee and Gen. Musharraf had confirmed their willingness to meet with Mr. Putin on the sidelines of the Asian Co-operation and Confidence Building Conference to be held in Almaty from June 3 to 5.

"As of today, the prospect of two separate meetings is emerging," Mr. Losyukov was quoted as saying by Interfax. — PTI

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