The meeting between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers, fixed for July 15, would signify an important step towards resumption of bilateral ties between the two neighbours, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) newspaper has said.
"With the shadow of the Mumbai terror attacks last year and the spectre of terrorism threatening to destroy whatever little trust exists between the two countries, it is time for the respective parties to draw up a comprehensive agenda for dialogue and the speedy implementation of confidence-building measures," Dubai-based Gulf News said in an editorial on Friday.
"The process of conversation which will, in all probability, be set on important and multiple agendas, should be cloaked in optimism and realism," it said.
"Confidence-building measures are the need of the hour and the brittle nature of the current relationship should be fashioned by solidity," it said.
The international community should "step back" and allow the two "mature nations" to chalk out the dialogue process without any interference, the editorial said.