Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian PM Narendra Modi will be staying in same hotel during their visit for the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. But there is no confirmation on whether the prime ministers will have a bilateral meeting - or even a handshake- on the sidelines of the international gathering.
According to NDTV report, it has been confirmed that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif will also be staying at New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel, where room for PM Narendra Modi has already been booked. It means the two leaders will have a greater chance of running into each other. Even if that is ruled out, an 'accidental' in-the-lobby handshake is very much possible.
While Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs say that no meeting is on agenda as of now, they are unwilling to completely rule it out also. "Nothing is ruled out or ruled in," NDTV quoted MEA sources as saying. The view is same on the Pakistani side, say reports.
While PM Modi arrives in New York on Wednesday, his Pakistani counterpart will reach US on Friday.
Both men could be in the same room at least on two different occasions - once at the UN Peacekeeping meet chaired by US President Barack Obama on Monday and possibly at the UN Sustainable Development Summit before that on Friday afternoon.
Cancellation of recent NSA-level talks and repeated ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border and LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has cast a shadow on the peace dialogue. Pakistan has put the ball in India's court saying it for New Delhi now to fix up a meeting that too with Kashmir on agenda.
PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif will be at the Waldorf Astoria along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin. US President Obama broke from the decades old tradition of staying at the Waldorf Astoria amid fears of surveillance and 'bugging' at a hotel now owned by the Chinese.