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This meeting between the prime ministers of Indian and Pakistan was all the more significant given the heightened tensions between them over Kashmir.

Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif were widely expected to address a series of deadly clashes along the Line of Control that divides the region between them.

In the event they agreed to work towards restoring a cross-border ceasefire but reached no concrete deal.

Officials of both nations said it was a tentative step but in the right direction.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) SHIVSHANKAR MENON, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR OF INDIA, SAYING:

"We have ceasefire violations, we need to deal with those. We have terrorism-related issues also, we need to address those and then we hope to move it forward but I'm not an astrologer. I can't tell you the future, whether it will happen in a year, two years or quicker."

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JALIL ABBAS JILANI, PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN SECRETARY, SAYING:

"The single important thing that emerged from this meeting was the willingness on the part of the two prime ministers to address this issue in a comprehensive fashion. I have absolutely no doubt, if we tackle this issue seriously and sincerely, we should be able to come to some settlement."

The meeting between Singh and Sharif was in the balance when militants attacked a police station and army base in Indian Kashmir just days earlier.

At least nine people were killed, mostly members of the security forces.

Three gunmen also died.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants fighting Indian rule in its part of Kashmir, a charge Pakistan denies.

The months ahead will show how much determination both sides have to bring calm back to their mutual frontier.

 

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