Pakistan, India to hold talks on CBMs July 18

July 13th, 2008 - 6:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 13 (Xinhua) Pakistan and India will hold talks on confidence building measures (CBMs) here July 18, officials said here Sunday. The meeting, originally scheduled July 10, could not take place because Indian delegation leader T.C.A. Raghavan rushed to Kabul in the wake of the July 7 suicide bombing on Indian embassy there, NNI news agency quoted officials as saying.

Pakistan’s delegation will be led by Director General of South Asia in the foreign ministry, they said. Representatives of the related ministries of both countries will also be part of the delegations.

The two countries are expected to discuss new Kashmir-related CBMs during the meeting of the Working Group, including modalities for intra-Kashmir trade and the launch of a truck service between Srinagar in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

Lists of items to be traded through the truck service will also be discussed during the meeting.

It will also review the existing bus services and measures to expand and facilitate travel between the two parts of Kashmir, the officials said.

The first meeting of the Working Group was held in New Delhi in May 2006.

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