NEW DELHI (Agencies) Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India have agreed to continue talks on Kashmir. They hailed a new chapter in relations and agreed during talks, held on Wednesday, to work more closely in fighting terrorism in the region and to easing cross-border commerce and travel. India and Pakistan announced additional confidence building measures related to Kashmir, including increasing cross-LoC trading days and expanding travel to include tourism and religious aspects. After the satisfactory talks between Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and her Indian counterpart SM Krishna, the two sides also decided to relax permit conditions for travel by people of Jammu and Kashmir to the other side of LoC by having a system of six-month multiple entry. The two ministers discussed Jammu and Kashmir, counter-terrorism measures, including progress in the Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan, humanitarian issues, commercial and economic cooperation, Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project, Sir Creek, Siachen, peace and security including CBMs and promotion of friendly exchanges. They also agreed to convene separate meetings of the expert groups on nuclear and conventional CBMs, in Islamabad in September 2011. The ministers held discussions on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to the need for continued discussions, in a purposeful and forward looking manner, with a view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences, said a joint statement issued after the talks. Krishna later said, I must say that I am satisfied at the progress achieved in this round of the resumed dialogue. The outcomes have been as per our expectations...While being fully cognisant of the challenges that lie ahead, I can confidently say that our relations are on the right track. On Kashmir, Krishna said they will continue discussions with a view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences. Expressing satisfaction at the outcome of talks, he said the two sides decided that the Foreign Ministers will meet again in Islamabad in the first half of 2012 to review progress in the dialogue process. We are listening carefully to each other and giving serious consideration to the ideas and proposals from both sides that are on the table. I am also confident about our future course of our relations, which has to be normalised for peace progress and prosperity of our two countries and the region, the Indian External Affairs Minister said. This is indeed a new era of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and it is our desire and I believe after having spoken to you (Krishna), that it is the desire and commitment of both the governments to make it an uninterrupted and an uninterruptible process, Ms Khar said. We have expressed our satisfaction on holding of subject specific meetings during the last five months. We have agreed that the process should continue and in fact there is no alternative to dialogue and constructive engagement, she said in a brief press stake-out after the meeting. She said: A new generation of India and Pakistan will see a relationship which is going to be much different then the one we experienced in the last few decades. Ms Khar, the youngest and first woman Foreign Minister of Pakistan, said they should make every effort possible to narrowing down divergences and building convergences. It is important that a responsible state we take ownership of our own affairs. In the recent months we have seen an intensification of contacts at different levels between both the countries, she said. The joint statement said the ministers affirmed the importance of carrying forward the dialogue process with a view to resolving peacefully all outstanding issues through constructive and result-oriented engagement, and to establish friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations between Pakistan and India. They also underlined the need for sustained effort by both countries to build a relationship of trust and mutually beneficial cooperation in conformity with the determination of the people of both countries to see an end to terrorism and violence and to realise their aspirations for peace and development. Mr Krishna and Ms Khar also agreed that terrorism poses a continuing threat to peace and security and reiterated the firm and undiluted commitment of the two countries to fight and eliminate this scourge in all its forms and manifestations. Both sides agreed on the need to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism including among relevant departments as well as agencies to bring those responsible for terror crimes to justice, the statement said. They noted with satisfaction the fact that since the resumption of dialogue earlier this year, the process of release of prisoners and fishermen from both sides has continued. On CBMs, the statement said the Working Group will review the trading list with a view to further specifying permissible items to facilitate intra-Jammu and Kashmir cross-LoC trade. The number of trading days stand enhanced from 2 to 4 days per week. Truck movements shall take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, both on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot routes, the statement said. Existing telephone communication facilities should be strengthened, the statement said. It was agreed that the Joint Working Group will henceforth meet on a bi-annual basis to review existing arrangements and suggest additional measures for cross-LoC travel and trade. The Ministers also agreed that people of the two countries are at the heart of the relationship and that issues of people-to-people contacts and humanitarian issues should be accorded priority and treated with sensitivity. They noted with satisfaction the progress made towards finalisation of a revised Visa Agreement which would help liberalise the visa regime and facilitate people-to-people, business-to-business and sports contacts. They reaffirmed their commitment to the goals and objectives of SAARC and agreed to make joint efforts to promote cooperation for regional development in the SAARC framework. Later, foreign secretaries of both the countries held a joint press conference. Replying to a query on Indo-Pak position on Kashmir and Khars meeting with Hurriyat leaders on Tuesday, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said neither of us underestimate the difficulties involved. There are divergences and that divergence was illustrated yesterday by the meetings you referred to. We have a very different point of view from Pakistan on that particular event and we have expressed our concerns in a frank and candid manner to the Pakistani side on this, Ms Rao said. However, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said too much should not be read into the meeting. Ms Khar has said the meeting yesterday cannot be construed in any manner, either intentionally or by design, to cast any shadow on todays talks. It is to the contrary, Bashir said. You know you cannot attribute an individuals views to a states views and it is important to keep that distinction in mind. Pakistans position on several issues that are a part of consultations and discussions is well known and of course, whether it is the Hurriyat or Fai, our positions on these issues are well known. So, it should not be construed as anti-Indian propaganda, said Bashir. He said India and Pakistan must move on from the past in order to ensure a peaceful co-existence between the two nations. We cannot be mired in the past and I think its counter-productive to keep on coming back to a few phrases or a few words. I dont see the purpose of that because it is up to us how we see our future, Bashir told mediapersons at the joint press conference. Nirupama Rao asserted that the two sides had worked on a mechanism to deal with issues related to counter terrorism. As far as counter terrorism cooperation is concerned, I would only like to draw your attention to discussions that have been held and are ongoing between the Home Secretary and the Interior Secretary of both the countries, said Rao. There is a certain medium now that has been established for the exchange of views on matters concerning counter terrorism, she added. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also held a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Wednesday and conveyed the message of goodwill from Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral matters of mutual interest. On behalf of Prime Minister Gilani, Ms Khar invited the Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan. Dr Singh accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan. Ms Khar also met leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Ms Sushma Swaraj and senior leader of the Bharatya Janata Party LK Advani. The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of BJPs support for a sustained and result-oriented engagement between Pakistan and India. She informed both the leaders that there was consensus among all Pakistani political parties to improve relations with India. Sushma Swaraj and Advani said that the BJP was in favour of better relations with Pakistan. It was during BJP governments term of office that a number of positive developments took place in Indias relations with Pakistan.