Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says his nation is working toward a "mutually acceptable solution" to all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including disputed Kashmir.

Speaking to reporters in the southern city of Hyderabad, Mr. Singh ruled out the possibility of any third country or party helping resolve the Kashmir dispute. He noted the two nations are already "making some progress".

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is due in New Delhi for meetings next week. He told reporters in Islamabad Sunday he is anxiously waiting to discuss all outstanding issues with Mr. Singh.

Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan began peace efforts in April 2003 when then Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee offered a "hand of friendship" to Pakistan.

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