Nuclear armed rivals India and Pakistan have renewed efforts to mend ties to reduce tension in the region.
Hopes of a breakthrough remain low but the meeting between the countries foreign ministers is being widely seen as a sign that neither side wants to slide back towards conflict.
“We come here with a positive outlook, we feel that the relationship between the two countries should not be held hostage by the past that the two countries have faced,” said Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister.
A formal peace process was ended by the 2008 attack by Pakistan-based militants on Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. But both sides are now under pressure from Washington to negotiate with the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan approaching.