(NEW DELHI) — While their meeting in New Delhi Sunday lasted only 30 minutes, the conversation between Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was nonetheless significant.
It marked the first time a Pakistani head of state had visited India in seven years, and signaled the possible reboot of normalized relations between the longtime enemies.
Singh said their brief discussion touched on all bilateral issues affecting India and Pakistan, and he was “very satisfied with the outcome of talks.”
In fact, the Indian prime minister was so encouraged that he promised to visit Pakistan in the near future, a prospect Zardari said would help foster better relations after 65 years of bitterness caused by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent into Islamic Pakistan and secular India.
The two countries have fought three wars during that time, while the threat of nuclear destruction has existed for decades.
For now, Pakistan and India seem more concerned with forgetting what has happened in the past and moving beyond earlier disputes to forge a lasting peace.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN