Washington: President Barack Obama has ruled out any outside role for the US to help resolve the “historic conflicts” between India and Pakistan.
He, however, said his country wants to be “encouraging of” ways in which the two neighbours can feel secure and focus on the development of their own countries and their people.
“Obviously, there are historic conflicts between India and Pakistan. It is not the place of the United States to try to, from the outside, resolve all those conflicts,” Obama said on Tuesday at a joint press meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is here on a state visit, the first for the Obama government.
The US President noted that Pakistan has an enormously important role in the security of the region, “by making sure that the extremist organisations that often operate out of its territories are dealt with effectively”.
To a question, he said the two leaders had extensive discussions about security issues in the region.
“I think we both recognise that our core goal is to achieve peace and security for all peoples in the region, not just one country or the other,” Obama said.
He went on to describe Singh as “a man of peace” at core.
Singh maintained that it is important for the international community to sustain its engagement in Afghanistan to help its emergence as a modern state.
“The forces of terrorism in our region pose a grave threat to the entire civilised world and have to be defeated. President Obama and I have decided to strengthen our cooperation in the area of counter terrorism,” he said.