WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday welcomed this week’s meeting between the top leaderships of Pakistan and Afghanistan aimed at promoting Afghan reconciliation.

“We’d welcome any opportunity like this one for increased bilateral dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf at the State Department, said.

The spokesperson was asked to comment on discussions between Pakistani and Afghan leaders during Afghan President Hamid Karzai’ visit to Islamabad where he held meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the issues, including bilateral relations and Afghan reconciliation.

“Pakistan’s own security and stability is tied, of course, to a successful outcome in Afghanistan. And we have been appreciative of Pakistan’s efforts to further reconciliation. Clearly, there is an ongoing process here. And I don’t have any more details,” she remarked.