Washington: There would be no stability in the region, unless the two South Asian neighbours, India and Pakistan, work together, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said.
"We're never going to have real stability in the region without India and Pakistan -- and for that matter, Afghanistan -- working together to try to deal with common threats, particularly those threats from terrorism," Leon Panetta told reporters at a Pentagon news conference yesterday.
Panetta said he has always emphasised on the need to have better relationship between the two countries.
"One of the things I've always tried to stress in that region is the importance of India and Pakistan working together to deal with the issues that they confront," Panetta said.
Panetta had visited India in June, during which he had emphasised on greater Indian role in Afghanistan.
Of late, the Obama Administration has appreciated the efforts by both New Delhi and Islamabad to improve their bilateral ties.
First Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 09:31