P J Crowley Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs said, "We certainly commend the leadership of political courage and making sure that the meeting takes place. Now, the challenge is to build on this going forward."
"The Obama Administration has have long encouraged the restoration of dialogue between the two countries. It is an important step for Pakistan and India, and we commend the political leadership in both countries," he said.
"There were some events recently where some elements were trying to derail the prospect of this meeting because they recognize that this has been beneficial to both countries in the past," he noted.
"It was a courageous step to open the door to dialogue again," the State Department spokesperson told reporters.
"I think it's the highest-level meeting between India and Pakistan since the tragedy in Mumbai. And we certainly hope that both countries will build on this dialogue in the weeks and months ahead," Crowley added.