It is viewed as an attempt to open dialogue and a move to restore severed relations.

S.M. Krishna, the Indian foreign minister, met with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Thursday. 

Formal ties between the two countries were cut following the 2008 attack in India's commercial capital Mumbai.

India blames a Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attacks.

Though it is outlawed in Pakistan, India maintains that the movement is still supported by elements within Pakistan's security agencies.

The two countries have a myriad of thorny issues to address, but is this meeting enough to restore trust between these two arch rivals? And can a common approach to resolving their deep differences be agreed?

Inside Story, with presenter Mike Hanna, discusses with guests: Ahmed Quraishi, a political analyst, K.C. Singh, a former Indian diplomat; and Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Thursday, July 15, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera