9 Jan 2011

India and Pakistan foreign secretaries to meet in Bhutan

7:11 pm on 9 January 2011

The Indian and Pakistani governments are set to meet in Bhutan in a bid to renew the strained political relationship between the two nuclear powers.

India's foreign office says foreign secretary Nirupama Rao is likely to meet her Pakistani counterpart next month.

The ties between the two countries plummeted after the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed 166 people.

The meeting is likely to take place on the margins of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation standing committee meeting.

The two countries' prime ministers, interior ministers and foreign ministers all met last year, but failed to revive the peace process.