On board PM's Special Aircraft: Returning from his five-day visit to two nations, China and Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described it as fruitful.

“I had two fruitful meetings," Manmohan Singh told reporters about his engagements in the two countries.

In China, the PM met President Hu Jintao and also attended the third BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.
He also met Presidents of Brazil, Russia and South Africa separately to discuss bilateral issues.

In Kazakhstan, he had meetings with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the energy rich Central Asian country.

India and Kazakhstan signed seven agreements. These included a civil nuclear accord and an agreement under which India's ONGC Videsh Ltd got 25 percent stake in Satpayev oil exploration block in the Caspian Sea.

Singh was accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur.

Batting for improving Indo-Pak tie

Meanwhile, PM Singh also said his job would be "well done" if he succeeded in improving the relations between India and Pakistan.
While returning home after his five-day trip abroad, he was asked by accompanying journalists what would be the five things he would like to achieve in the relations with Pakistan.

"Five would be too much," Manmohan Singh quipped, a smile on his face.

"If I can succeed in normalising relations between India and Pakistan, as they should prevail between two normal states, I will consider my job well done," he said.

Last month, Manmohan Singh had invited his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the India-Pakistan cricket World Cup semi-final at Mohali, giving a diplomatic boost to normalising the ties between the two countries.

However, New Delhi had suspended composite dialogue with Islamabad after the 26/11 Mumbai attack that left 166 people dead. India says militants from Pakistan orchestrated the mayhem and massacre in Mumbai.

(Agencies)