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India, Pakistan 'to open new chapter'

(China Daily)

11:17, November 11, 2011

ADDU, Maldives - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday that India and Pakistan needed to stop wasting time trading barbs and open a new chapter in their relationship.

Singh's comments came amid signs of warming ties between the two neighbors, which have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain.

The two nations decided earlier this year to restart wide-ranging peace talks. Last month, Pakistan quickly returned an Indian helicopter and its crew that had strayed across the tense border, and last week Pakistan announced it would normalize trade with India.

Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met for about an hour on Thursday on the sidelines of South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to further discuss how to ease tensions between their nations.

Singh praised Gilani as a man of peace and said the two neighbors needed to understand that their destinies are interlinked.

"The time has come to write a new chapter in the history of our relationship," he said, standing beside Gilani.

In their meeting, Singh and Gilani discussed border disagreements, terrorism, trade and the divided territory of Kashmir, Gilani said.

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