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Manmohan Singh willing to hold unconditional talks with anyone

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

During his first visit to Kashmir since his election in May, Indian Prime Minister, Monmohan Sigh, has said that his is willing to hold unconditional talks with "anyone and everyone" willing to work for peace in the Kashmir region. While some separatists have been willing to talk with Singh, one of the main separatist organizations refused Mr. Singh’s talks. This underscores a central feature of Singh’s commitment of India, the ability to have unconditional talk anywhere, anytime and for any reason.

Singh calls the State Department daily and asks what Sec. Powell will be wearing

Singh made this announcement during a talk with the first convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University. On, his visit to Kashmir, he has also been seen talking to the common people, old women, street vendors and on one occasion, a lost dog, whom was given directions on how to get back to the highway.

The U.S. State Department has also been affected by Singh’s style of rule. Singh calls the State Department daily and asks what Sec. Powell will be wearing, and enquiring if the Secretary has time for a quick chat. It is unclear if Rice will receive the same treatment.

He has also plead to Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf last month to work together for sustainable peace. "Our government is committed to purposeful dialogue," he said.


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