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Pakistan and India to start nuclear hotline, no deal on missile tests

Pakistan and India agreed to push forward plans for a nuclear hotline after two days of talks but failed to reach a deal on advance warning of ballistic missile tests, officials said. The South Asian rivals said they would “operationalize… as soon as possible” the hotline between their foreign secretaries, which had been agreed on in principle at earlier talks in June. However, the meetings on so-called confidence-building measures did not produce an accord on giving each other prior notification of missile test-fires, officials said. Both sides insisted they had made progress during the meetings between senior officials in Islamabad, which are the latest stage in a step-by-step peace process begun in January.”We have agreed to operationalize it as soon as possible,” Tariq Osman Hyder, additional secretary at Pakistan’s foreign ministry, who led Pakistan’s delegation told reporters when asked about the hotline. The results of the talks would be submitted to the Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries, who are scheduled to meet on 27-28 December, according to a joint statement issued by the two parties. Full Story

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