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UN chief promoting India-Pakistan meeting at UN

September 17, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he has been promoting a meeting between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s ministerial session which starts next week.

Ban told reporters Tuesday that when he visited Pakistan last month he strongly recommended to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he take advantage of the annual high-level meeting to meet his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh.

“I will continue to provide my own support and efforts to facilitate such a dialogue,” Ban said.

Ban said recent violence along the disputed frontier in Kashmir “should be and could be handled ... between the two leaders” at a meeting.

The two leaders have discussed a possible meeting which would be their first since Sharif took office in June.

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