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India, Pakistan to hold Joint Commission meeting

K J M Varma in Islamabad | September 02, 2005 18:23 IST

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan on Friday recommended that a meeting of the revived Joint Commission be held during the visit of External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh to Islamabad in October.

They also decided to meet in New Delhi in January to launch the third round of the composite dialogue process on issues of Jammu and Kashmir [Images], Peace and Security, including confidence-building measures.

A joint statement issued after the two-day talks between Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and his Pakistani counterpart, Riaz Mohammad Khan, said that the composite dialogue meetings on other six issues, including Siachen and Sir Creek, will be held between January and July.

The two sides have also decided to hold a technical-level meeting as soon as possible on the early launch of the Poonch-Rawalkot bus service and a truck service for trade on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus route.

They agreed on further discussions on meeting points across the Line of Control for divided families to ensure early implementation, the joint statement said.

The two foreign secretaries, who reviewed the second round of the composite dialogue process, welcomed the continuation of the ceasefire and commended the finalisation of the agreement on the pre-notification of ballistic missile tests.

The two sides recommended that this agreement and the MoU on establishing communication links between the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and the Indian Coastguard be signed during the meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries here on October 3-4, the joint statement said.

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