India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj answers questions to journalists during a press conference in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold talks with Pakistan Wednesday, the first visit by India's top diplomat to its rival in three years, part of efforts to restart a peace dialogue plagued by militant attacks and distrust.Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary, said the foreign minister's visit showed the Modi government had softened its hardline stance towards Pakistan after realizing that the lack of sustained talks yielded no returns.Swaraj's visit is the first ministerial-level visit to Pakistan since the then foreign minister, S.M. Krishna, traveled to Islamabad in 2012, which was before Modi became prime minister.India has for years accused Pakistan of backing separatist Muslim rebels in India's part of Kashmir.
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