WASHINGTON - As Pakistan’s outgoing envoy to New Delhi voiced hope about improvement in India-Pakistan relations, the United States said on Tuesday it supports dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours in all aspects of their ties.   “The United States supports any improvement in the (Pakistani-Indian) overall relationship, and we have seen important overtures by both countries towards dialogue,” Nisha Desai Biswal, the new U.S. Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asia told a new briefing at Foreign Press Centre.

Biswal, an Indian-American, was responding to a question about the importance of Islamabad-New Delhi relations to regional connectivity and the concept of broader regional economic and trade integration. However, she said, there is no change in US policy regarding Kashmir, and ,added ,that it is for India and Pakistan to set the pace, scope and nature of conversations in that process on the issue.

Biswal said Washington welcomes the fact that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently had a meeting. The United States, she stressed, welcomes all dialogue in all aspects of Pakistan-India relationship.  She felt that a good place to start improvement in relations between the two South Asian nuclear powers would be trade, “because it is a win-win for both” the countries.

On Monday, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Salman Bashir, in his farewell Press conference in the Indian capital, said he saw “light at the end of the tunnel” in diplomatic relations and predicted the improvement would survive next year’s Indian elections.