WASHINGTON A senior American official Saturday ruled the possibility of President Barack Obamas raising the Kashmir dispute with Indian leaders, saying the United States is not in a position where can have an effective impact on India and Pakistan. Its not an issue where we wish to inject ourselves, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department Geoffrey Pyatt said in an interview with BBC, a transcript of which was officially released here on Saturday. Weve made clear for a long long time that the scope, pace and timing of dialogue between India and Pakistan is for those two countries to decide, he said without uttering the K-word (Kashmir). More than 100 Kashmiris, mostly youths, have been killed by Indian security forces since July while trying to beat back demonstrators seeking freedom from India. Most observers have said that in trying to quell anti-India demonstrations, Indian soldiers carried out massive human right violations. Asked why is it not possible for Obama to raise the Kashmir dispute, the main source of tension between India and Pakistan, Pyatt said, The interest that the United States has is in advancing the dialogue which the two governments have to pursue based on their own national interests and their own politics. In that regard we have great respect for the commitment that Prime Minister Singh has demonstrated to the vision of rapprochement with Pakistan and to the vision of a more open and productive relationship between the two countries. To a question, It is a very sensitive relationship. It required the President to make a call to Pakistan to reassure the Pakistani government that the visit to India didnt take anything away from the commitment that Washington also had to Pakistan. Its a fine line you have to walk between those two countries, Pyatt said, No, it is. But I think were at a moment right now where we have a strong relationship with both capitals and thats the ideal situation, from my standpoint. We would like to convince both governments and both societies that a good relationship with Pakistan and a good US relationship with India are in the interest of the wider South Asian community; and a strong relationship with one government doesnt take anything away from a strong relationship with the other. This is not a zero sum equation. Meanwhile, the new American National Security Advisor said Saturday as President toed the same line as the State Department official, also without uttering the word Kashmir. I dont want to get into exactly the President (Obama) is going to talk about in his private conversation with Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh, Obamas National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told journalists aboard Air Force One en route Germany. He was asked if the US President is going to talk about Kashmir at all on the trip. We have, as a longstanding policy, have encouraged the Indians and Pakistan to engage in dialogue on a range of issues, and we continue to encourage that, Donilon added in his response to the question. Questioned if the US assistance in support of Pakistans fight against terrorists still worries India, the National Security Adviser said, The United States and India share an interest in seeing a stable and peaceful South Asia. The United States and India share an intense interest in seeing extremist elements in South Asia disrupted and defeated. And this is part of our overall project in South Asia, and the Indians have been supportive of that. Well have a poignant look at the shared interests that the United States and India have in defeating the forces of extremism in Asia when we visit Mumbai and we are at the memorials at the Taj Hotel. On his part, Pakistans envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani on Saturday sounded an upbeat note on President Barack Obamas visit to India, voicing hope it will help bring peace to the region. Pakistan looks forward to President Obamas visit in 2011 and hopes that his trip to India will create opportunity for lasting peace in the region, Haqqani wrote on Twitter, the micro-blogging service.