India, Pakistan talks 'positive'

March 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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NEW DELHI, March 28 (UPI) -- Talks between New Delhi and Islamabad were moving in a "very positive" direction, the Indian home secretary said Monday.

Diplomatic ties between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan were damaged further when fighters from the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba killed more than 100 people in a November 2008 attack on Mumbai.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said Monday following talks with Pakistani Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry that while it was too early to make a grand assessment, negotiations were so far positive, The Hindu newspaper in India reports.

"Since we have another day for the talks to still follow through, I am not going into the specifics,'" he was quoted as saying. "But I can tell you with good amount of certainty that it's been a very positive attitude displayed on both sides."

Talks between the rivals Monday come just days before teams from the countries square off in the World Cup cricket semifinal. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani are expected to attend the match.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since partition in 1947. Indian officials traveled to Islamabad in July carrying a "message of peace and friendship," though talks sputtered after Islamabad accused the delegation of not being "mentally prepared" for dialogue.

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