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India, Pakistan OK New Ambassadors

February 17, 2003

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Eight days after India and Pakistan expelled each others’ deputy ambassadors, the two nations have agreed to allow them to be replaced, the Indian foreign minister said Monday.

Yashwant Sinha was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India that New Delhi and Islamabad would grant visas to diplomats from each others’ countries to take up the posts.

``It has now been agreed that the visas would be granted by both sides tomorrow (Tuesday),″ he was cited as saying.

Both embassies have remained without ambassadors since last year, when there were fears the two longtime nuclear-armed rivals could start a fourth war.

On Feb. 10, the diplomatic dispute worsened when both countries expelled each others’ deputy head of missions.

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