Badal, Sharif agree to boost cooperation between Punjabs

Last Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 02:36

Amritsar: Indian and Pakistani Punjab`s chief ministers, Parkash Singh Badal and Shahbaz Sharif respectively, Sunday agreed to boost cooperation, including through exchange of academicians, and people to people contacts between their two regions.

A joint statement said that both sides during their talks agreed "to promote cooperation for the common interest of peace, harmony, economic growth and leveraging each other`s potential".

Both agreed to facilitate exchange of academicians, experts and researches; promote people to people contacts through sports, cultural and tourism activities; pursue policies for easy access for people of both sides to religious places of their respective faith; pursue policies to reduce trade barriers among other things.

Both the chief ministers resolved to pursue with their respective federal/union governments to facilitate enhanced cooperation and formulate supportive policies in this regard, the joint statement said.

Sharif visited India from Dec 13-15 on the invitation of Badal.

IANS

First Published: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 02:36

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