Seventh India-Pakistan Expert Level Talks on Nuclear CBMs held

Islamabad: Pursuant to the Agreement between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan during their meeting on September in Islamabad, the Seventh Round of Expert Level Talks on Nuclear CBMs between the two countries was held in New Delhi today (Friday).

The Pakistani delegation to the talks was led by Additional Secretary (UN & EC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs), in the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. D.B. Venkatesh Varma,said a statement of the FO .

The talks, which were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere, focused on review of implementation and strengthening of existing CBMSs in the framework of the Lahore MoU, as well as possibilities for mutually acceptable additional CBMs.

Both sides reviewed working of existing Agreements on Pre-Notification of Flight Tests of Ballistic Missiles and Reducing the Risk from Accidents relating to Nuclear Weapons and expressed satisfaction that the latter was extended for a further five year period from February 2012.

The two sides will report progress made in the talks to their respective Foreign Secretaries.

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