Washington, Apr 6: Putting Indo-Pak relations high on the priority list of 'US goals in the region', President Barack Obama has reportedly asked officials to work towards resolving the tensions between India and Pakistan.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama has asked the officials in his administration to intensify US diplomacy to ease tensions between the two Asian countries.
This secret directive came as the president believes that Indo-Pak tensions would prove to be detrimental to US' efforts to win Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan.
The directive reportedly was issued in Dec 2009.
“India must make resolving its tensions with Pakistan a priority for progress to be made on the US goals in the region," WSJ quotes the directive as saying.
This directive seeks to put pressure on New Delhi, officials told WSJ.
India has been clear that it does not want any foreign mediation in the Indo-Pak disputes. However, Pakistan, which is making use of Afghanistan as a buffer zone, has been seeking US intervention in its issues with the neighbour.