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India Prepares for Musharraf's Visit to Watch Cricket Matches

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.

Some information for this story provided by AP.