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Pakistan, India to Restore Air Links

India and Pakistan agreed on Monday to restore airline overflight and landing rights by Jan. 1, two years after the South Asian nuclear rivals ended all transportation links amid tensions that took them to the brink of war. The agreement — reached during talks between aviation and defense ministry officials meeting in New Delhi — was announced in a joint statement that said, “The two sides agreed to resume simultaneous air links and overflights with effect from Jan. 1, 2004 on a reciprocal basis.” “The talks have been successful,” said India’s director-general of civil aviation, Satendra Singh. He met with six Pakistani officials, led by Mohammed Ashraf Chaudhry, a retired general and a secretary in Pakistan’s defense ministry. Full Story

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