India and Pakistan PMs pledge ‘new chapter’

BBC reports on a constructive meeting in the Maldives between the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers.

This is very good news for the region.


Pakistan’s prime minister and his Indian counterpart have met in the Maldives, pledging to open a “new chapter” between the two nations.

Yusuf Raza Gilani (L) and Manmohan Singh in the Maldives, 10 Nov
Mr Singh (R) said the next round of talks should be “far more productive”

Talks between the two nations were suspended after the 2008 Mumbai (Bombay) attacks which India blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

But earlier this year, leaders vowed to resume their dialogue and find ways to build trust and promote peace.

The two prime ministers held an almost hour-long meeting on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) meeting in the Maldives, which is being attended by eight heads of government.

“The next round of talks will be more positive, more constructive and will open a new chapter in the history of both countries,” Mr Gilani told reporters.


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