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Indian envoy meets archrival Pakistanis in first contact since talks broke down last year

  • Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, left, poses for photographers, as he shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. India's foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, left, poses for photographers, as he shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. India's foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, left, poses for photographers, as he shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. India's foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, left, poses for photographers, as he shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. India's foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, front left, arrives with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry at the foreign ministry for talks in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. India’s foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, front left, arrives with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry at the foreign ministry for talks in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. India‚Äôs foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

India's foreign secretary has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two nuclear-armed rivals last year.

Subrahmanyan Jaishankar arrived Tuesday morning and met with his Pakistani counterpart, Aizaz Chaudhry, at the foreign ministry in Islamabad.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since the countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

The two have long tried to mend their differences without making much progress.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the oath-taking of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi last May, in a sign of progress.

But then in August India called off talks with Pakistan after Islamabad's ambassador in New Delhi met with Kashmiri separatist leaders.

The current visit was announced last month.