Islamabad- Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, who arrived in Islamabad today morning, met his counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to discuss issues related to the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation.

Jaishankar arrived in Pakistan today for a two-day visit and was welcomed in Islamabad by the Indian High Commission as well as senior officials of the Foreign Ministry.

This is the first meeting between the two officials since New Delhi called off talks last year aimed at easing the rivals’ many disputes.

Jaishankar had requested for a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his two-day visit, however, the official schedule only states meetings with Chaudhry and Sartaj Aziz so far.

The Pakistani side had expressed hope for resuming negotiations known as the Composite Dialogue, so-called because they aim to address multiple overlapping issues including Kashmir, cross-border terrorism, border and water issues.

“I wouldn’t like to speculate, but naturally the two secretaries will also discuss bilateral relations,” said Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam. “We hope that this process can lead to the resumption of the Composite Dialogue.”

A senior Indian diplomat was more cautious late last week, saying that he was “hesitant to predict” whether Tuesday’s meeting would lay the groundwork for restarting negotiations.

Islamabad is expected to propose a series of new confidence-building measures (CBMs) in an effort to put the roller coaster relationship back on track. The new CBMs include a proposal to restore the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two arch rivals along their de facto and de jure borders where sporadic outbreak of hostilities have bedeviled their relations in recent months.