US has a "whole global agenda" with India on all issues while ties with Pakistan has to do with issues of terrorism and Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said before his three-day India visit.
He also added that from the perspective of the US there is no India-Pak hyphenation.
"Days are over when we only deal with India as the other side of the Pakistan coin, or Pakistan as the other side of the India coin. I know that there are those in
India and Pakistan who are still glued to that way of thinking. But the US put that behind us some time ago," Carter said , while responding to a question on impact of India-US relationship on Pakistan at the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR), a top American think-tank
"With respect to Pakistan, that also is an important security partner. A whole lot of issues of which counter-terrorism looms largest. And we work with the Pakistanis all the time on that," he said
"We are long past the point in US policy-making where we look at the India-Pakistan dyad as the whole story for either one of them. We have much more to do with India today than has to do with Pakistan," Carter said.
"There is important business with respect to Pakistan, but we have much more, a whole global agenda with India, agenda that covers all kinds of issues," he said.
His visit in India is beginning from Sunday.