US pleased at Manmohan decision to visit Pak

Washington: The US has said that it is "pleased" at the decision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan in near future, saying that expanded and improved engagement is going to help the neighbors and the entire region.

"We are very pleased that Prime Minister Singh and President Zardari had a chance to meet in New Delhi…and that Prime Minister Singh has accepted President Zardari`s invitation to visit Pakistan in the near future," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters yesterday.

"As we have said for a long time, we believe that expanded and improved engagement between these neighbors are not only going to help the neighbors, they`re going to help the entire region" and provide opportunities for millions of citizens in the neighborhood to live in a more secure and stable region, she said.

"So we applaud, we trend, we hope that India and Pakistan continue to build on this progress, and we look forward to more such meetings," Nuland said in response to a question.

President Zardari visited India on April 8 on a day-long private tour during which he met Singh in New Delhi and then went to Ajmer to offer prayers at the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.