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US lauds India, Pak for cricket diplomacy

Islamabad: The US on Wednesday lauded the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan for their role in cricket diplomacy, saying such "visionary" measures will lead both countries to "winning results for all sides".

In a reference to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s invitation to his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the cricket World Cup semi-final in Mohali, a statement issued by the US Embassy congratulated both premiers "for their leadership of cricket diplomacy between the two countries".

"We wish both nations continued success in expanding dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation. We believe continued visionary diplomacy of this sort will lead both countries and the region as a whole to winning results for all sides," the statement said.

The US embassy also congratulated the cricket teams of both countries for their performance in the World Cup semi-final.

"The US Embassy congratulates the Pakistani and Indian cricket teams for their well-played match today. The skill of both sides was thrilling and the good sportsmanship was inspiring to cricket fans all over the world," the statement said.

The Indian team beat the Pakistani side in the thrilling match that was watched by millions in both countries.

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