The United States has asked Pakistan to see that its territory is not used for terror attacks against India, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said terrorism is being "incubated in India's neighbourhood", during the recent visit to the country.
"This is one of the steps that the US is encouraging Pakistan to do for the improvement of its relations with India," a state department spokesman said.
"We believe that India and Pakistan will benefit from practical cooperation and encourage direct dialogue aimed at increasing cooperation and reducing tensions," state department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.
"And that includes steps by Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to plan attacks in India and that Pakistan takes steps to address or to go after, I think, all the terrorist groups that are currently using its territory," Toner said.
"That continues to be an area of cooperation that we pursue with Pakistan is its counterterrorism operations," he said in response to a question.
He added that Pakistan was one of the issues discussed between Modi and US President Barack Obama.
"Certainly that was one of the discussions, frankly, that was raised at the - or one of the issues, frankly, that was raised in discussions with Prime Minister Modi. They talked about a wide range of regional issues, in fact," he said.
"Our bilateral relations with India and Pakistan are separate and stand on their own merits, and so I don't think we - it's not prudent for us to view our security cooperation in the region in kind of a zero-sum game - or zero-sum terms, rather.
"I think it's important for the countries of the region that they all have constructive security relationships with each other. And that's Pakistan, that's India, and it's also Afghanistan," Toner added.