WASHINGTON: As Indian and Pakistani prime ministers prepare to meet, the United States has said it will welcome “any and all high-level discussions” between the two countries.

Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh are slated to meet in New York later this month while attending the UN General Assembly. The two leaders will also have separate meetings with US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Mr Singh, Mr Karzai and President Obama are also scheduled to have a trilateral meeting amid hopes that these high-level contacts would reduce tensions in the South Asian region and allow for a smooth withdrawal of US combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014.

“We will encourage and have encouraged further dialogue between India and Pakistan on a range of issues. We would welcome any and all high-level discussions,” US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told a briefing in Washington.

She said US ambassadors in Islamabad and New Delhi had conveyed Washington’s views on these high-level talks to the two governments and would continue to do so.

“I’m not going to get into the details of what those discussions might look like. That’s for India and Pakistan to talk about together,” said Ms Harf when asked if the US would like those leaders also to discuss the issue of terrorism.

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Mohammad
September 15, 2013 6:58 am

Imagine Pak and India ...being real good allies and having each others back. The whole world will be afraid of us then... ????

Arun
September 15, 2013 11:47 am

When, O Lord, will Pakistani journalists (and politicians) stop looking to the US for approval? When will they stop using the US to push their agendas?

Prakash Rao
September 15, 2013 11:47 am

Meeting for the sake of meeting does not make sense. The two Prime Ministers must be able to resolve some issues.

Reader
September 15, 2013 12:56 pm

Pakistan needs to get away from colonial mentality of being dictated to like Indians did with respect to nuclear provision by US. Both are soverign states and more than capable to deal with difficult issues providing there is genuine willingness on both sides.

Uppal
September 15, 2013 5:51 pm

These two gentlemen are the very BEST chance the two countries have of normalising relations. The vested elements in each country should give them and peace a chance.

Rana
September 15, 2013 10:00 pm

@Mohammad:

If the Germans and British can do it so can India and Pakistan.

Muzaffar Qureshi
September 16, 2013 5:05 am

There is " LOVE-HATE" relationship between the two countries. While the people love each other Governments

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