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Rivals Pakistan, India Agree To Hold Security Meeting

ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS emerging economies summit in Ufa on July 10.

India and Pakistan, the two South Asian rival nations, have agreed to hold a meeting of their national security advisers in New Delhi to discuss terrorism, India said on July 10.

The announcement by India's foreign secretary came after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a rare meeting on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Russia.

The two leaders also agreed to help expedite the trial of the 2008 Mumbai attack blamed on Pakistan-based gunmen, for long a stumbling block in ties, Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar said.

He said Modi also accepted Sharif's invitation to attend a regional summit in Islamabad in 2016, in what would be Modi's first official visit to Pakistan.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars over Kashmir, divided between them since British colonialists left in 1947.

India accuses Pakistan of arming Kashmiri insurgents who seek independence or a merger with Pakistan. Islamabad denies the charge.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters