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Indian, Pakistani Army Commanders Meet after 14 Years

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Army commanders of nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan met Tuesday for the first time in 14 years in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes.

The meeting between the director generals of military operations (DGMOS) from both countries took place on the Pakistani side of the border at Wagah near the city of Lahore.

After the meeting, a joint statement released by Pakistan's military said "The two sides agreed to make contact between the two DGMOs on their special hotline more effective and result-oriented."

A Pakistani army spokesman said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and remained positive.

This was the first such meeting since the 1999 Kargil conflict, when India and Pakistan went to the precipice of a full-scale war, only averted by last-minute mediation by the United States.



This year saw an increase in incidents between Indian and Pakistani forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir, with deaths on both sides.

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan pledged to ensure calm in Kashmir when they held talks in New York in September, the highest-level talks between the two sides for three years.

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