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Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held their first meeting in nine months on Thursday, aiming to end a diplomatic stalemate since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, although hopes of a breakthrough remain muted. Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met on the sidelines of a summit of South Asian leaders in Bhutan's capital, officials said. The meeting is seen as important for efforts to prevent any further slide in ties between the states who have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. A positive outcome could help reduce tensions between the two countries, whose rivalry spills over into Afghanistan. “United States always welcomes dialogue...so we really commend the two prime ministers for their initiatives and we hope that there will be a positive outcome,” Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary of State, told reporters in Thimphu.
By: Dawn News
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