WASHINGTON: The United States Tuesday reaffirmed it support for improvement in Pakistan-India relations, saying it welcomes dialogue in all aspects of the relations between the two South Asian neighbors towards that end.
“The United States supports any improvements in the (Pakistani-Indian) overall relationship, and we have seen important overtures by both countries towards dialogue,” Nisha Desai Biswal, the new U.S. Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asia, said.
She was responding to a question about the importance of Islamabad-New Delhi relations to regional connectivity and the concept of broader regional economic and trade integration.
However, Biswal said, there is no change in U.S. policy regarding Kashmir, and added that it is for India and Pakistan to set the pace, scope and nature of conversations in that process on the issue.
Biswal, who is of Indian descent, said Washington welcomes the fact that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently had a meeting.
The United States, she stressed, welcomes all dialogue in all aspects of Pakistan-India relationship.
She felt that a good place to start improvement in relations between the two South Asian nuclear powers would be trade, “because it is a win-win for both” countries.