India ready for Pakistan talks; UN alarmed by Kashmir violence


India is ready to send its top diplomat to Pakistan for talks focused on fighting cross-border terrorism, after a spike in tension in the disputed northernmost region of Kashmir.

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was willing to attend talks on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart.

The sign of peace comes, after 40 days of violent protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir.

At least 64 people have died and thousands injured in clashes with security forces that have been denounced by Pakistan, which also claim the right to rule Jammu & Kashmir in a territorial dispute that dates back to partition in 1947.

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