The leaders of Pakistan and India say the peace process between their countries is irreversible.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf issued a joint statement Monday, after reaching agreement on several issues. They decided to open up the Line of Control dividing the disputed region of Kashmir, boost trade and business ties, and open consulates next year.
The two met in New Delhi, where General Musharraf was on a three day visit that included watching an India-Pakistan cricket match. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the developments, which he called encouraging.
The thorniest issue between the nuclear rivals is Kashmir, which both nations lay full claim to. India and Pakistan fought two of their three wars over the region.