Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says his country would welcome a visit by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to watch an ongoing cricket series between the neighboring countries.
Mr. Singh directed the Indian Foreign Ministry to prepare for such a visit. The cricket series is the first full one between India and Pakistan since 1999. As of late Wednesday, Pakistani officials had not confirmed if they had received a formal invitation for General Musharraf.
The visit would be his first to India since a failed summit between the nuclear-armed rivals in the northern town of Agra in 2001. Reports from the region say the new burst of "cricket diplomacy" between the neighbors could push forward the year-old peace process.