India-Pakistan friction threatens South Asia trade at Himalayan summit

November 26, 2014 1:36 PM

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India-Pakistan friction threatens South Asia trade at Himalayan summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world's people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, and just last month exchanges of fire across the border in disputed Kashmir killed 20 people. The bickering spilled into a two-day regional summit in Kathmandu, and their leaders refused to meet.

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