Thursday, March 31, 2011

The relationship between India and Pakistan will decide in a cricket match

The Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani, met today at the Cricket World Cup semifinal that their countries are contesting in Indian territory for an informal talk on bilateral issues. The meeting between the two leaders is taking place, according to the IANS and PTI Indian agencies, at a dinner in a private room in the stadium of the city of Mohali in which India and Pakistan teams are still vying for the party, to which there are still some hours for completion.

Gilani arrived in India after being invited last week by Singh, in a move that analysts in the subcontinent described as "cricket diplomacy", which has served to occur closer in recent days between the two rival nuclear powers South Asia. The prime ministers had met hours earlier when they went down to greet the players of both teams after the national anthems and saw the start of the game together.

Pakistan and India decided in February to resume a formal dialogue "on all matters" similar to that maintained between 2004 and 2008, when it was interrupted by the multiple attack occurred in the Indian city of Bombay by a based terrorist groups on Pakistani soil. Since then, Gilani and Singh had met twice, in the context of international meetings, but never in soil of Pakistan or India, as is happening today.

Pakistan and India have maintained a turbulent relationship since the partition of the subcontinent and its independence from the British Empire in 1947, that has led to clash in three wars and other minor conflicts.

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