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India, Pak to discuss liberal visa policy

The two sides will discuss ways to raise cooperation in several areas at the Joint Commission meeting next month.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 03:23 IST

India and Pakistan are likely to sign an agreement on reducing nuclear accidents risk and discuss relaxation of the visa regime during Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri's visit next month.

Kasuri will be coming here to attend the India-Pakistan Joint Commission meeting that will discuss ways to expand cooperation in a host of areas, including IT, health and food, science and technology and education.

He is expected to be in New Delhi February 21-22, Pakistan Foreign Office sources told Online news agency.

A draft agreement on reducing risk from nuclear weapons accidents has been prepared by officials of both countries. The Indian cabinet has already approved it.

During External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Islamabad early this month, the formalities regarding this agreement had been finalised.

The two sides will undertake a comprehensive review of the visa policy. A proposal for tourist visas will be discussed, sources in Islamabad said.

First Published: Jan 29, 2007 23:27 IST