"We have frequent conversations with our Indian partners on (Pakistan) bringing down cross-border terrorism," said Alice Wells, the US Principal Deputy Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs, while briefing the Indian media over telephone from the US on the the first-ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held here on September 6.
The US statement reflects New Delhi's position that talks and terror cannot go together.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had also expressed similar view when he stopped over in Islamabad on September 5, ahead of the first-ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in New Delhi the next day.
"Secretary Pompeo's trip to Pakistan was another opportunity for the Secretary to meet the new civilian leadership there and describe the aspirations we have for the (US-Pakistan) bilateral relationship," Wells said.
"We would like to be able to work with Pakistan to establish stability and a political settlement in Afghanistan."
"There has been a very consistent message during Secretary Pompeo's visit about our desire to work with Pakistan productively, constructively and the kind of concerns we have," she said.
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