Welcoming the recent effort by India and Pakistan to work together to solve difficult, complicated issues, the US has said leaders of the two countries now appear to be "genuinely interested" in fostering greater understanding among them.
"We continue to welcome efforts by India and Pakistan to work bilaterally to solve these very difficult, complicated issues. And they have started to do that," State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.
"…(leaders of India and Pakistan) appear to be genuinely interested in fostering greater understanding between the two countries, that's welcome," he said, adding that the US continues to encourage that.
When asked about reported direction by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his ministers not to make anti-India statements, Kirby said "there's always a balance to be struck here. And without having more detail about his comments or the context in which they were made, I'd really be loath to go further than that".
Breaking the logjam in their ties earlier this month, India and Pakistan announced that they have decided to engage in a "comprehensive" dialogue that will include peace and security and Jammu and Kashmir.