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.