Pakistan, India sound upbeat ahead of talks


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India have voiced optimism about easing strains in their relations ahead of crucial talks between their top foreign policy officials scheduled for Wednesday on the sidelines of a regional conference on Afghanistan.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday to attend a ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process. She is the first Indian foreign minister to visit Pakistan since 2012.