Pakistan invites Indian prime minister to visit

By the Associated Press | July 27, 2012 | 3:42 PM EDT

Soldiers from the three defense forces pay tribute at India Gate war memorial on the 13th anniversary of India's victory in the Kargil War in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Thursday marks the second day of the two-day celebrations of the 13th anniversary of its victory in the Kargil conflict, the 1999 conflict with Pakistan that raged for three months across the disputed Kashmir region had nearly brought the nuclear neighbors to a war. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's president has invited India's prime minister to visit, the latest sign of thawing relations between the historical arch enemies.

The Pakistani government says President Asif Ali Zardari extended the invitation Friday in a letter sent to Prime Minister Manhoman Singh.

Zardari met with Singh in April during a brief pilgrimage to a Muslim shrine in neighboring India.

Both countries were carved out of British India and achieved independence in 1947. They have fought three major wars since then, two of them over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Relations have improved somewhat over the last year, especially with respect to trade. But they still harbor major disagreements and view each other with suspicion.