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India, Pakistan to sign N-risk reduction treaty

india Updated: Feb 18, 2007 12:23 IST

In a major confidence-building measure, India and Pakistan will sign an agreement to reduce the risk from accidental use of nuclear weapons on Wednesday when the foreign ministers of the two countries meet in New Delhi.

Agreements on preventing incidents at sea and speedy return of inadvertent border crossers are also expected to be inked after talks between External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri.

During their second structured meeting in over a month, Mukherjee and Kasuri will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and assess progress made on various issues.

Kasuri will arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday for the three-day visit to attend the meeting of Indo-Pak Joint Commission.

The two sides will ink an agreement on Reducing the Risk from Accidents relating to Nuclear Weapons after the talks, a major confidence-building measure after the ceasefire on Line of Control (LoC) since November 2003.

An understanding on signing the pact was reached during the foreign secretary-level talks in New Delhi on November 14 and it was endorsed at a meeting between the foreign ministers in Islamabad on January 13. However, the pact could not be inked due to the absence of a nod from the Cabinet.

Progress on resolving the Sir Creek dispute will also be assessed at the talks between Mukherjee and Kasuri.

During their last meeting, the two foreign ministers decided to direct officials of their countries to expedite work for resolving this issue.