Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrived in the Indian capital city of New Delhi on July 26 to carry out peaceful negotiations between the two South Asian nations.

She called on the two countries to remove burdens derived from history to become friendly neighbours while emphasising their responsibility for ensuring a stable South Asian region.

Khar plans to hold talks with her Indian counterpart S.M.Krishna on July 27, which is expected to be the first foreign ministerial-level dialogue between the two countries over the past year.

Indian and Pakistani deputy foreign ministers met in New Delhi on July 26 to prepare for the talks.

New Delhi stopped peaceful talks with Islamabad after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, blamed on Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Since then, the two countries have continuously made efforts to resume peaceful talks, focusing on measure to build basic trust and leave territorial disputes out.

Meanwhile, speaking at a military conference on the same day, Indian Defence Minister A.K.Antony stressed the importance of maintaining the current peace process and said he hoped the two sides will find a long-term solution through dialogues.

Earlier, during her visit to India last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her pleasure with the upcoming dialogue between the Indian and Pakistani diplomatic leaders./.