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India-Pakistan solve visa issue

The much-awaited foreign level talks between Pakistan and India commenced on Saturday at the Foreign Office with a view to review the last one-and-half-year progress on bilateral relations on all disputed issues.

The agreement, which will be signed soon, includes a decision to give visas on the spot to people older than 65 years of age, whereas all nonessential restrictions on visas for patients and tourists would be ended.

As per the agreement, big investors and traders will be given 3-year multiple visas and a 6-month transit visa while smaller investors and traders will be given a 1-year multiple visa.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Indian Minister for External Affairs SM Krishna, leading the delegations of their respective countries and dialogue process , resumed talks at the delegation level.

Earlier, the two foreign ministers held one-on-one meeting before the start of the delegation level talks.

Krishna held meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Islamabad on Friday and discussed a whole range of issues including confidence building measures.

The foreign secretaries of the two countries held an in-depth meeting on Friday and finalized the agenda for Saturday’s bilateral meeting at the foreign minister level.

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