US hails Pakistan,India engagement


WASHINGTON: The US has welcomed the “normalisation of relations” between Pakistan and India and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Pakistan. “We are pleased that Pakistan is hosting the Heart of Asia Summit. We are also encouraged that President Ashraf Ghani (of Afghanistan), Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj and other senior officials will be attending,” a State Department spokesperson said in Washington. “We welcome reports of the meeting between Indian and Pakistani officials. We support any and all positive steps India and Pakistan can take to reduce tensions, engage in dialogue, and forge closer relations,” the State Department spokesperson said.