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India, Pakistan agree on talks timetable

India and Pakistan have agreed on a timetable for continued peace talks on the disputed state of Kashmir and other issues

India and Pakistan have agreed on a timetable for continued peace talks on the disputed state of Kashmir and other issues, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The agreement, which will be announced Wednesday, comes as the two nuclear rivals this week began their first formal talks in more than two-and-a-half years.

The talks follow last month's announcement that the two countries would meet.

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee met for more than an hour in January, the first official meeting between the two leaders since their countries almost went to war more than two years ago.

At one point, the two countries had lined up close to a million soldiers at the border. The buildup began after a raid on the Indian parliament. New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based militants for the attack and accused Pakistan of assisting rebels in Kashmir.

Kashmir is divided between the two countries but claimed by both.

The talks are to be wrapped up by Indian Foreign Secretary Shashank, who uses only one name, during a meeting Wednesday with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokar. The officials are the most senior in their ministries below the foreign ministers.