The prime ministers of Pakistan and India have released a joint
statement saying that action on combatting terrorism should not be
linked to their broader peace talks.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh issued the statement Thursday, after meetings in Egypt
aimed at restarting peace talks that were halted by last year's
terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
But shortly after the statement's release, Mr. Singh insisted to
reporters that investigating and preventing terrorist attacks remains
India's top issue -- and the peace dialogue with Pakistan cannot resume
until the Mumbai attack plotters are brought to justice.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
On Wednesday, Mr. Gilani said his nation's relationship with India has
improved and "a durable peace in South Asia is achievable."
In his address to the summit, Mr. Gilani cautioned that before peace
can take hold, outstanding issues such as the status of the disputed
Kashmir region must be resolved.