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India and Pakistan: Why This Reconciliation Could Be Different

Dec 10, 2015 | 02:53 GMT
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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed Wednesday during a sideline meeting at the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad to begin comprehensive bilateral dialogue focusing on expanding trade and cooperation. Even more significantly, Swaraj confirmed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would attend next year's South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation conference in Islamabad, marking the first time in more than a decade that an Indian prime minister has traveled to Pakistan. "The entire world has been waiting for India and Pakistan to change for a long time," Swaraj said. But good intentions have existed on both sides of the Indian-Pakistani divide, so what's different about this time?...

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