ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's most troubled foreign relationships have improved in recent months, its top diplomat said on Saturday, pointing to upcoming trade talks with New Delhi and broad agreement on regional security goals with Washington as evidence.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Reuters that negotiations to normalize trade with India would allow progress on other issues between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals."I think it's broadly agreed that we need to make some simultaneous progress on these issues," she said. Trade has long been tied to political issues between the neighbors, who have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.
The hope is that an increase in trade will feed into wider trust between the two countries and help them resolve major flashpoints, like the disputed Kashmir region, although a solution to this problem has proved intractable for decades.