India says peace talks to resume with Pakistan

Pakistan and India have agreed to resume peace talks that were broken off by New Delhi after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Indian sources said on Thursday, a step forward in improving ties that impact regional security.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have been under pressure from the United States to reduce tension because their rivalry spills over into Afghanistan and complicates efforts to bring peace there.

The decision was made at this week’s talks between the two countries’ top foreign office officials in Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.

“The new talks are in effect the formal resumption of the composite dialogue,” a senior Indian government official involved in repairing ties with Pakistan told Reuters, referring to a 2004 peace initiative.

A Pakistani government official wouldn’t confirm the decision, but said there had been progress.