Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid (L) and Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz SharifIndian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid (L) and Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on September 13, 2013.

Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:22PM GMT

Senior Indian and Pakistani officials have renewed efforts to mend New Delhi-Islamabad ties in an attempt to reduce tension in the troubled South Asia region.

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs, held talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in Bishkek on Friday.

The meeting took place on sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

The fresh talks were aimed at resolving long-standing disputes including the Kashmir issue.

Media reports say, however, that no major breakthroughs were made on controversial issues such as the Kashmir dispute and terrorism. Nevertheless, the two countries have agreed to ease a number of trade and travel restrictions in the interest of peace.

India and Pakistan have in recent weeks accused each other of violating a 10-year-old ceasefire over Kashmir.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947 — two of them over Kashmir.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored Line of Control, but is claimed in full by both countries. It lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan.