US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed the hope that dialogue between India and Pakistan would soon be resumed, a step that, she said, could result in reduction in tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. "Over the medium term, we hope to see a reduction of tension between Pakistan and India," Ms Clinton said in her appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the US Foreign Policy priorities for the year 2010. She was responding to the concerns expressed by Senator Chris Dodd about the possibility of US aid to Pakistan being used by Islamabad to build up its nuclear stock pile as reported in US media in the past two days. The Secretary of State, however, asserted that is unlikely to happen. "With respect to the Pakistani nuclear stockpile, we are very clear, very firm and quite convinced that none of our aid will in any way affect the efforts by Pakistan regarding their nuclear stockpile," she said.