The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

India, Pakistan ease visa restrictions as talks end


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - India and Pakistan agreed on Saturday to ease visa restrictions, a rare concrete agreement as foreign ministers wrapped up the latest round of peace talks by promising to continue dialogue.

Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna spent two days in Islamabad, holding talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

A joint statement welcomed the signing of a new visa agreement which introduces a number of measures "aimed at easing travel of business persons, tourists, pilgrims, elderly and children, thereby facilitating contacts between peoples of the two countries".

"We will move forward... We will not be held hostage to history," Ms Khar told a joint news conference with Mr Krishna after signing the agreement. "We must learn from the past and not miss any more opportunities. Pakistan is committed not to lose any opportunities. Pakistan is committed to creating new opportunities."