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Structure for talks in place

Islamabad, Feb. 17: India and Pakistan today reached a “broad understanding” on a framework for composite dialogue after two days of middle-level meetings.

The agreement on the modalities and time frame to revive dialogue on eight areas of dispute, including Kashmir, comes a day ahead of the scheduled talks between the foreign secretaries.

Pakistan Television said the negotiating teams had also considered proposals to add another two items to the agenda, but did not give details.

The teams will tomorrow submit their recommendations to Shashank and Riaz Khokhar, the Indian and Pakistan foreign secretaries, a Pakistan foreign ministry statement said.

“Broadly, we’ll carry forward what was agreed in 1998,” an Indian official said. Under the formula agreed then, the foreign secretaries would discuss Kashmir and peace and security.

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