x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

India and Pakistan agree to resume peace talks

The Indian prime minister and the Pakistan president hold a summit over the strained peace talks.

The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, left, shakes hands with the Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari, during a meeting in New York.
The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, left, shakes hands with the Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari, during a meeting in New York.

The Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari have agreed to resume the two nuclear state's strained peace process. In a joint statement after a summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the leaders said that their foreign secretaries "will schedule meetings of the fifth round of the composite dialogue in the next three months." The composite dialogue, which has made significant progress since it was launched in 2004, has been stalled for months due to political turmoil in Pakistan. The fourth round was completed last October.

The talks since January 2004 have added more bus and train links between the traditionally feuding neighbours, but there has been little headway on Kashmir, the trigger for two of their three wars since 1947. Mr Singh and Mr Zardari also decided to launch trading between the divided zones of the disputed Kashmir region from Oct 21. In their first discussions since Mr Zardari replaced the former President Pervez Musharraf in August, the two leaders also called for an ongoing ceasefire to be "stabilised."