India and Pakistan hold talks about terrorism
NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Pakistan held wide-ranging discussions Thursday about terrorism, Kashmir and other disputes in the first talks between the rival nations since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
India said the four-hour meeting between the two countries’ foreign secretaries in New Delhi was intended to begin the process of rebuilding a relationship badly damaged by that deadly siege, which India blames on Pakistanbased militants.
“We have set out to take a first step toward rebuilding trust,” Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told reporters after the talks.
No issues were resolved in the meeting, which India billed only as “talks about talks.”
Pakistan has called for the resumption of comprehensive peace talks, but India has demanded it crack down on militant groups operating from its soil first.
Rao said she reiterated to Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir that his Islamic nation must do more to dismantle terror networks and gave him dossiers on those linked to the Mumbai attack.