The Prime Ministers of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan will hold talks on Thursday, the two sides said, their first meeting in nine months that is seen as another effort at improving frayed ties.
The US today said that it was just a "matter of working out modalities" before Indian investigators get access to Mumbai terror attack accused David Headley.
In unusual comments at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) forum, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday talked about strained relations between India and Pakistan, saying that he hoped that Thursday's meeting between the two countries' Prime Ministers will resolve their differences.
Agreeing that dialogue was the way forward, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani today directed their foreign ministers and foreign secretaries to work out the modalities of restoring trust between the two countries.
The 25-year experience of SAARC has been like a glass half empty, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today while stressing that the 21st century cannot be an Asian one unless "South Asia marches together".
The 16th SAARC summit began in Thimphu today with heads of eight South Asian countries seeking a joint initiative to tackle climate change threats and also boost trade and regional cooperation among SAARC nations.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who saw a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) exhibition with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday, suggested that his country wanted to have “beautiful” relations with India.
Ahead of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, India today asked the eight-nation group to rally against terrorism, which poses a serious danger to the economic stability of the region.
Foreign ministers of eight South Asian nations met in Bhutan on Tuesday to discuss ways to jointly fight climate change, start a $300 million development fund for infrastructure and sign a trade agreement, officials said.
India on Monday said it will examine Pakistan's request seeking the testimony of Indian officials who recorded Ajmal Kasab's confessional statement after legal formalities end in the trial of the lone gunman captured alive in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
A familiar game of "will they-won't they" centred on a possible meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan looks set to overshadow a summit of South Asian nations in Bhutan this week.
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Bhutan and Bangladesh on Saturday signed a renewed bilateral trade agreement to further enhance relations and discussed possibility of a road link between the two countries through India.
In a bid to remove the tag of 'world heritage site-in-danger' from the Manas National Park, the Centre and Assam government have approached Bhutan for help in revival of the picturesque animal reserve.
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on Monday, killing at least seven people and damaging monasteries and other buildings, officials and reports said.