Washington: Pakistan's relationship with India is critical to Islamabad's future, the US today said as it emphasised on normalisation of ties between the two countries.
"I think it's clear that Pakistan's relationship with India is critical to Pakistan's future, and the normalisation of relations between the two countries is vital both to them and to the stability in the region," the White House Deputy Press Secretary, Eric Schultz, told reporters soon after President Barack Obama held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his Oval Office.
In the joint statement after the talks, Obama and Sharif called for a "sustained and resilient" Indo-Pak dialogue process to resolve all outstanding issues.
The references to Indo-Pak ties and the need to resolve all outstanding disputes, including Kashmir, between the two countries were contained in the joint statement.
The two leaders underlined that improvement in Pakistan-India bilateral relations would "greatly enhance" prospects for lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.
Responding to a question, Schultz said, "We talked earlier about economic linkages and a broader view of the US-Pakistan relationship beyond just counter-terrorism, and I think it is discussions like the one the President had today that helps unlock opportunities for millions of people and leads to a more prosperous region which no doubt will go a long way towards counter-terrorism efforts."