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India, Pakistan agree to discuss terrorism

The breakthrough came at a summit conference in Ufa, Russia.

By Ed Adamczyk
India, Pakistan agree to discuss terrorism
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd at the Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple in Surrey near Vancouver, British Columbia, April 16, 2015. The last Indian Prime Minister to visit Canada, 42 years ago, was Indira Gandhi in 1973. File Photo by UPI/Heinz Ruckemann | License Photo

UFA , Russia, July 10 (UPI) -- In a rare thaw in relations, India and Pakistan agreed Friday to discuss methods of stopping terrorism in and between their countries.

A statement which included a promise that each country's national security advisers would meet "to discuss all issues connected to terror," came after a side negotiation between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a conference in Ufa, Russia, of the Shanghai Cooperative Organization.

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The agreement is regarded as a small breakthrough in relations between two adjoining nations with an ongoing enmity.

Modi and Sharif also agreed to discuss methods to expedite a Pakistan trial of two men accused of a 2008 attack in Mumbai, India which killed 166 people, the statement said. India claims the attack was the responsibility of a militant group with ties to Pakistan's intelligence services.

The incremental steps between two nuclear-equipped rivals was welcomed by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby, who said it was in no one's interest " for the tensions in the region to become less stable in many ways than they already are."

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