India, China sign agreement to create a hotline for PMs

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Beijing, Apr 7 (ANI): India and China today signed an agreement to establish a hotline between the Prime Ministers of the two countries.

The agreement was signed by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi after their first round of talks here.

This is the first time that India has established a dedicated hotline facility with any country.

These hot lines would be installed within next few weeks to bridge the communication gap between the two leaders.

Speaking to reporters, Krishna described it as a land mark development.

"The establishment of the hotline facility shows how close India and China are with each other," he added.

Sources confirmed that China has also agreed to the stop issuing staple visas to Kashmiries and will make an announcement on this shortly.

During the hour-long meeting, both Foreign Ministers discussed issues of mutual importance. By Lokendra Singh (ANI)

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