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Pakistan, Indian PMs Hold Rare Meeting In Russia

BRICS and SCO leaders pose for a photo at the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia, on July 9.

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan, the leaders of two rival South Asian nations, held a rare meeting on the sidelines of a summit in Russia on July 10.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, met at Congress Hall in the Russian city of Ufa, where they are attending the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS trade group.

Pakistan said they will discuss a range of issues.

Pakistan and India have long tried to mend their differences without much success.

Earlier this week, an Indian soldier was killed when the two sides exchanged fire at a border town near the Pakistani city of Sialkot.

Last summer, India called off talks after Islamabad's ambassador in New Delhi met with Kashmiri separatist leaders.

The two countries have fought two wars over Kashmir, which has been divided between them since British colonialists left in 1947.

India accuses Pakistan of arming Kashmiri insurgents who seek independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Pakistan denies the charge.

Based on reporting by AP and