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Indian president urges talks with Pakistan

February 20, 1997

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ India’s president said he wants to renew talks with rival Pakistan following the election of a new Pakistani government.

``We are ready for a dialogue ... and hope for an early resumption of talks,″ Shanker Dayal Sharma said today as he opened a new session of Parliament.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been considered hostile to India. The election of a new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has raised hopes for better relations between the two countries.

When he was sworn in Monday, Sharif said he wanted talks with India.

But Pakistan has said it will not consider talks unless the question of who should control the region of Kashmir is on the agenda.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars against each other over Kashmir, an ancient kingdom now divided between the two countries.

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