Indian and Pakistani leaders agreed that the two developing countries should adopt a step-by-step approach to resolve their differences today.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said the meeting - their first since June 2009 - was friendly and constructive.
"Relations between India and Pakistan should become normal. That's our common desire," Mr Singh told reporters after the private talks, at which no aides were present.
"We would like to have better relations," Mr Zardari said.
Mr Singh said he had accepted an invitation from Mr Zardari to visit Pakistan as soon as mutually acceptable dates are worked out.
"We have a number of issues, but we are willing to find practical and pragmatic solutions," Mr Singh said. "That's the message President Zardari and I would like to convey."
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