India, Pakistan to hold talks on maritime cooperation

India, Pakistan to hold talks on maritime cooperation
New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) As part of confidence building measures between them, India and Pakistan will hold talks for the first time on maritime cooperation here tomorrow.

The talks would be held between the Director General of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency(PMSA) Rear Admiral Tayyab Ali Dogar and his Indian counterpart Vice Admiral R F Contractor, Director General Coast Guard.

The talks, official sources said, would focus on transgressions by fishermen of each other's territorial waters, exchange of detained fishermen and other matters of mutual interest.

The visit by the Pakistani head of the Maritime security is the first under the purview of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Indian Coast Guard and PMSA on October 3, 2005.

As part of the MOU, the two countries have established a hotline communciation linkup between the heads of two organisations, which became operational in November last year.

This is the second hotline between the two countries, with the first one operational for over two decades linking the Director General Military Operations of the two armies.

The two sides will also take up issues like violation of Exclusive Economic Zone, cooperating in tackling sea pollution, natural disasters, maritime search and rescue operations and exchange of information on smuggling, officials said.

The high level meeting is a step towards confidence building and in promoting a syergised approach between the two maritime neighbours in addressing these issues, the sources said.

The Pakistani Maritime security agency team arrived here today for talks which would continue till August 11.


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