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Indian foreign minister to visit Islamabad for talks

—AP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will hold talks in Islamabad next week as the nuclear-armed rivals seek to advance the delicate process of normalising ties.

India's S.M.Krishna will visit the Pakistani capital from September 7 to 9 for meetings with his counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The trip comes after Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of a summit in Tehran on Thursday.

The two countries, which have fought three wars since independence in 1947, resumed peace talks in February last year after New Delhi suspended them in the wake of terror attacks on India's financial capital Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 people dead.

Analyst Hasan Askari warned the meeting was unlikely to yield anything substantial beyond an agreement to continue talks.

“It will be helpful to keeping the goodwill between the two countries but there is no breakthrough expected,” Askari told AFP.

He said a new cycle of dialogue will start after the foreign ministers meet but “with no signs for solution to any problems.”

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