US welcomes Indo-Pak talks

The Obama Administration has welcomed the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan, as foreign minister of both the countries meet in Islamabad later this week.

Washington: The Obama Administration has
welcomed the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan,
as foreign minister of both the countries meet in Islamabad
later this week.
"Anything that reduces tensions and increases confidence
and understanding between Pakistan and India is something we
would encourage and support," Special US Representative for
Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has said.
But the US is not directly involved in those talks,
Holbrooke told reporters at a news conference ahead of the
important Kabul conference on Afghanistan next week.

Holbrooke, who met India`s Ambassador to US Meera Shankar
yesterday said, "I did have a very good discussion this
morning with the Indian Ambassador to the United States, who
came in at my invitation so that I could brief her on the
things we`re talking about here".

Observing that New Delhi has an important role to play in
Afghanistan, Holbrooke said, "India has a very real role in
the region for historic and strategic reasons. They can play
an important role in resolving these issues".

PTI

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