All smiles after summit of India, Pakistan PMs

KATY DAIGLE - Associated Press
The Associated Press
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, prior to the start of the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. The prime ministers of India and Pakistan, mixing business with pleasure, joined tens of thousands of cricket fans in a northern Indian stadium Wednesday to watch a key match between their rival nations. (AP Photo/Daniel Berehulak, Pool)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, prior to the start of the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. The prime ministers of India and Pakistan, mixing business with pleasure, joined tens of thousands of cricket fans in a northern Indian stadium Wednesday to watch a key match between their rival nations.

It was all smiles as the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers held an impromptu mini-summit over a cricket match in north India.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the meeting a "good beginning," while his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani said his country desired "good neighborly relations" and invited Singh to visit Pakistan.

Whether the comments reflect a real change in diplomacy is yet to be seen. Similar overtures have fallen flat in recent decades with both sides holding deeply entrenched views on key issues, including rival claims to the Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

Mindful of the mistrust, the prime ministers on Wednesday emphasized their mutual desire for friendship between their nations.