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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 13:42
India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row
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India has cancelled talks with Pakistan after accusing it of interfering in India's internal affairs.

It comes after Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi consulted Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of the talks, which were agreed in May.

The two countries' foreign secretaries were to meet next week in Islamabad to discuss the resumption of formal dialogue.

Pakistan described the Indian decision as a "setback".

"It is a longstanding practice that, prior to Pakistan-India talks, meetings with Kashmiri leaders are held to facilitate meaningful discussions on the issue of Kashmir," a statement from the Pakistani foreign ministry said.

Relations seemed to be on the up when new Indian PM Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart to his swearing-in ceremony.

But, say correspondents, the cancellation is an indication of the tough new approach adopted by his government towards Pakistan.

Last week Mr Modi accused Pakistan of waging a proxy war against India in Kashmir.
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