|Wednesday, 20 August 2003|
Pakistan wants talks with India to resume train links
ISLAMABAD, Tuesday (AFP) Pakistan proposed talks next month with India on resuming a cross-border train service that has been suspended for 20 months because of tensions between the rival neighbours.
Pakistan wants talks in late September, just weeks after scheduled talks on reviving air links, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The air link talks are due to start here on August 27. "Pakistan has proposed to India (the) second half of September for holding of technical-level talks between the railways authorities of the two countries to discuss resumption of the Samjhota Express," the ministry announced.
The resumption of transport links is the first stage of a slow peace process under way since April between the arch-foes, who were on the brink of a feared nuclear war last year.
So far only a cross-border bus service runs between them. The Friendship bus service between New Delhi and Pakistan's easternmost city Lahore resumed on July 11.
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