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Indo-Pak Joint Statement Following Ministerial Talk

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New Delhi: India and Paksitan issued a joint-statement following meeting between the Minister of External Affairs of India and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

The two ministers met today in the capital and held discussions over host of issues.Kashmir too was discussed, as host of other confidence building measures, including bilateral trade, counter-terrorism, humanitarian issues, water conflict, etc.

The Ministerial level talks were preceded by a meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan yesterday.

The talks were held in a “candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere” both sides emphasized.

Both the ministers affirmed the “importance of carrying forward the dialogue process with a view to resolving peacefully all outstanding issues” and establishing “friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations”.

They have also agreed to convene separate meetings of the Expert Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs, in Islamabad in September 2011.

On Jammu and Kashmir both sides agreed to the “need for continued discussions, in a purposeful and forward looking manner, with a view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences”.

On Cross-LoC trade and travel facilitation for Jammu & Kashmir both sides have agreed to increase trade as well as people to people contact.

The number of trading days has been enhanced to 4 days from existing 2 days per week.

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