The prime ministers of Pakistan and India have released a joint statement saying that action on combatting terrorism should not be linked to their broader peace talks.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued the statement Thursday, after meetings in Egypt aimed at restarting peace talks that were halted by last year's terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
But shortly after the statement's release, Mr. Singh insisted to reporters that investigating and preventing terrorist attacks remains India's top issue - and the peace dialogue with Pakistan cannot resume until the Mumbai attack plotters are brought to justice.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
On Wednesday, Mr. Gilani said his nation's relationship with India has improved and "a durable peace in South Asia is achievable."
In his address to the summit, Mr. Gilani cautioned that before peace can take hold, outstanding issues such as the status of the disputed Kashmir region must be resolved.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.