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Miliband presses for better Indo-Pak ties

April 9, 2010 at 1:06 PM

LONDON, April 9 (UPI) -- The British government supports improved relations between nuclear-armed foes India and Pakistan, the British foreign secretary said in London.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan sat down in February for their first high-level talks since militants with the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba stormed the port city of Mumbai in 2008.

Islamabad complained that India hijacked the February talks by focusing on militancy and ignoring issues such as water and the disputed region of Kashmir.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters during a visit to an Islamic center in southwest London that he supported a renewed relationship between the two neighbors, the Pakistani newspaper News International reports.

"We support strong and improved relations between Pakistan and India and it is up to them to decide the matter through bilateral dialogues."

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in the 1940s. More recently, ties are strained following November 2008 attacks on Mumbai.

Both sides, meanwhile, announced plans to hold near-simultaneous war games at the end of April and into May.

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