New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Tuesday announced they have extended the tenure of the Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons Agreement for another five years.

The two countries decided to extend the validity of the agreement aimed at reducing risk from accidents related to nuclear weapons after it ended yesterday.
The decision was in line with an understanding reached during the sixth round of bilateral expert-level talks on nuclear confidence-building measures held in Islamabad on December 27, 2011.

"In accordance with Article 8 of the Agreement between the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons of 21 February 2007, both countries have agreed to extend the agreement for another period of five years," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement in New Delhi.


The agreement had come into force on February 21, 2007, for an initial duration of five years.

(Agencies)