NEW YORK (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are meeting in New York on Sunday morning in a new push for improved relations on the subcontinent.
Indian premier Manmohan Singh and Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif are meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. It is their first face-to-face since Sharif was re-elected in May.
Sharif calls the meeting a chance for a “new beginning” in relations between South Asia’s nuclear rivals. Singh has reciprocated the goodwill but downplayed expectations for the talks. He says relations can’t improve until Pakistan stops militants launching attacks in India.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars in their 65 years since independence from Britain. Relations have been strained since the 2008 Mumbai attacks and recent attacks in divided Kashmir complicate the latest push for peace.