US welcomes Pak-India decision to discuss ‘key issues’



The United States has welcomed Pakistan and India’s decision to hold bilateral talks on three key issues, namely security, people to people ties and the Mumbai trial.

In a second statement at a meeting in Ufa, Russia on Friday, the US State Department pledged all its support to improve relations between South Asia’s two nuclear states.

“I wanted to welcome the meeting that took place earlier between Prime Ministers Narendera Modi and Nawaz Sharif and their announcement of future engagement between India and Pakistan,” a department spokesman Mark Toner told a news briefing in Washington.

“We also welcome the announcement that India and Pakistan will discuss a range of bilateral issues, including security, people-to-people ties and expediting the Mumbai trial,” he said.

“And we support all steps between the governments of India and Pakistan to strengthen their dialogue and cooperation.”