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Pakistan, India sign missile pre-notification agreement

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 3, IRNA
Pakistan and India on Monday signed an agreement on pre-notification of ballistic missile tests during a meeting of their foreign ministers in Islamabad.

The agreement was signed by Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Muhammad Khan and his Indian counterpart, Shyam Saran.

The agreement entails both countries to provide each other advance notification of any flight test that it intends to undertake of any surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to a statement.

The talks proceeded in a very cordial atmosphere, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri told reporters as the two foreign secretaries signed the agreement.

Indian Minister for External Affairs Natwar Singh said they had a very cordial discussion.

Consolidating the peace process, Pakistan and India also signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a communication link between the Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan's Martime Security Agency.

The two foreign ministers are reviewing progress on the second round of the composite dialogue process and to chalk out plans for a third round, expected in January.

The two countries will also revive after 16 years their joint commission under which cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, telecom, security, visa and consular access to detained nationals of their respective countries will be covered.

The two sides will also review options to promote bilateral trade and will discuss progress on the proposed multi-billion India- Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline.

The visit of Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Pakistan will also be a subject of the talks, reports said.

Upon his arrival, the Indian foreign minister told reporters that people in the two countries want the peace process to be continued.

The countries have already completed two rounds of their composite dialogue. Their foreign ministers are to review progress on their dialogue and will chalk out a strategy for a third round, expected in January.

Officials say the two foreign ministers will also exchange ideas on how to push ahead with the dialogue.


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