Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has made a phone call to his Indian counterpart Atal Behari Vajpayee and asked him to resume talks with Islamabad.
According to Pakistani television, Mr. Jamali offered to visit India "in the cause of peace," and urged the two neighbors to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue.
Mr. Jamali was responding to Mr. Vajpayee's remarks in Kashmir last week that he was extending his hand of friendship to Pakistan. But Mr. Vajpayee qualified the offer, saying Pakistan had to close training camps for militants and end cross-border infiltration. Pakistan denies involvement in either.
India and Pakistan have not held formal talks since July 2001 and came close to war last year over disputed Kashmir. Both countries have been under intense pressure from the United States to ease tensions.