Pakistan and India are scheduled to hold high-level talks Thursday to nudge forward their slow-moving peace process and set the agenda for a September meeting between their leaders in New York.
Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran arrives in Islamabad late Wednesday and will hold discussions with Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammed Khan before returning home Friday. The two men will review and evaluate the progress made so far in two rounds of talks held under the 19-month old peace process.
The assessment comes two weeks before Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan are due to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly conference. The last time the two leaders met in New Delhi in April -- they jointly declared the peace process "irreversible."