India and Pakistan have opened their first formal talks on the disputed territory of Kashmir in two and a half years.
Diplomats met on Thursday to resume a peace process which stalled after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which India blamed on a Pakistani militant group.
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao was hosted in Islamabad by his Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. Rao said she had come to the talks with “an open mind and constructive spirit”.
India and Pakistan, both nuclear armed, have several territorial disputes to resolve and although Thursday’s visit may pave the way for further negotiations, there is thought to be little chance of it providing a major diplomatic breakthrough.