`Indo-Pak talks essential for stability in S Asia`

The US encourages Indo-Pak dialogue to ensure stability in South Asia, the White House has said.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 18:16 PM IST

Washington: The US encourages Indo-Pak
dialogue to ensure stability in South Asia, the White House
has said, while describing India as an "important partner".

It also noted that President Barack Obama and Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh share a deep personal rapport on a
host of global issues.

"The President (Obama) recognises that India is an
important partner and certainly critical in the region, and
that in order to ensure stability in South Asia, we wanted to
encourage dialogue between India and Pakistan," Mike Hammer,
spokesperson of the National Security Council, told foreign
journalists in New York and Washington, at a news conference.

"That`s something that we continue to support when
there are efforts there.

"Because the more confidence and trust that can be
built between those two nations, the more able everyone else
is to focus on really the challenges of extremism and
terrorism that are a threat to us all," Hammer said in
response to a question.

He said Obama`s visit to India in November reflected
all elements of Indo-US relationship.

"It`s not only a question of the security interests of
both countries, but the economic interests of both countries,
the cultural ties between both countries. And we`re very

"I think what you`ve seen is an evolving deep,
personal relationship between the President and Prime Minister
(Manmohan) Singh. This is something that we`re very optimistic
and positive about, I think you`re going to see increasing
cooperation between both our countries, including recently
some decisions by India with regards to Iran and financing,"
Hammer said.

The White House official said the US President through
his visit, recognised that there are emerging powers around
the globe that are increasingly important, India being among

"We saw the very important and successful visit the
President made last November to India.

We`ve had a state visit with Prime Minister Singh. And
that`s a strategic partnership that continues to grow and is,
I think, in the interest of both countries and the world to
try to continue on that path," he said.