Pakistan-India Talks Set for June 23

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say India's foreign secretary will visit the country next week to discuss security and peace, including the disputed Kashmir region.

The formal talks on Kashmir will be the first since India broke off peace negotiations following the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. The Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, was blamed for the siege.

Pakistan's Foreign Office said Friday that Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will travel to Islamabad on June 23 for two days of talks with her Pakistani counterpart, Salman Bashir. The two will discuss “confidence-building measures.”

India and Pakistan announced the resumption of peace talks after Rao and Bashir met February on the sidelines of a South Asian regional summit in Bhutan.

The nuclear-armed nations have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since their independence from Britain in 1947.

Muslim separatists have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from Hindu-majority India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan. Thousands have been killed in the the insurgency.