US appreciates Indo-Pak dialogue

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US appreciates Indo-Pak dialogue
Washington, Jun 26: Appreciating the series of talks being held between India and Pakistan at various levels, the United States has endorsed the dialogue saying that it is not only in their self-interest and in larger interest of America but it would also help in reducing the tension between the Asian countries.

“Just as we"ve said many, many times, we appreciate and certainly endorse increasing dialogue between Pakistan and India.

“It is in their self-interest and our larger interest to see dialogue that can help to resolve tensions that exist between the two countries," State Department spokesman Phillip J Crowley said on Friday, Jun 25.

The statement comes in the wake of the series of talks being held between India and Pakistan. Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram, who landed in Pakistan to attend a SSARC conference, met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on Friday, Jun 25. The two leaders spoke on the issues of terrorism and specifically on the probe into and the trail of 2008 Mumbai terror attack perpetrators.

Before this, Foreign Secretory level talks were held between the countries. In the first visit of an Indian diplomat to Pakistan since the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, Indian Foreign Secretory Nirupama Rao met her Pak counterpart Salman Bashir on Thursday, Jun 24. They focused on trust-building measures that the countries could undertake.

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