| GEO Pakistan|
| Zardari, Manmohan agree on starting bilateral trade in 3 months|
| Updated at: 1959 PST, Thursday, September 25, 2008|
NEW YORK: Pakistan and India Thursday agreed to open four trade routes including two located at the Line of Control and also decided to commence bilateral trade in the next three months.
According to a statement issued after the meeting of President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of 63rd UN General Assembly meeting, both the leaders pledged to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir issue, vowed to continue the peace process for bringing lasting peace to the region.
The meeting focused on the peace process that had somewhat slowed down. The two leaders expressed the resolve to take the peace process forward.
The meeting was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere covered wide range of issues, including the peace process, terrorism and other disputes that were hampering return to normal relations between the two countries.
The two leaders had a one-to-one meeting for more than half an hour. President Zardari said he was working for poverty alleviation and economic development in South Asia.
President Zardari took up the issue of reduction of the water in river Chenab by India, in violation of the Indus Water Treaty and urged the Indian Prime Minister to get the matter resolved.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured that the matter will be seen in spirit of the Indus Water Treaty and it would be honoured.