US applauds India-Pakistan talks

March 29th, 2011 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The US Tuesday applauded the talks between the Indian and Pakistani home secretaries and said the negotiations “combined with cricket diplomacy and people-to-people ties” can be a success.

“We expect the two countries to carry forward with what media is calling cricket diplomacy. We applaud the talks that are taking place on a host of issues including homeland and security matters,” US Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer told reporters on the sidelines of his visit to the Delhi Zoo with
slum children studying at an NGO.

“India and Pakistan will take the talks forward at their own pace, ability, and character. Talks combined with cricket diplomacy, people-to-people ties and optimism can help make it a success,” he said.

Home Secretary G.K. Pillai and his Pakistani counterpart Qamar Zamam met here Monday-Tuesday to discuss issues like counter-terrorism and the visa regime.

Roemer and his wife Sally Roemer visited the zoo with 32 children studying a english language programme at NGO Making a Difference.

“The children were keen to know about wildlife. I and Sally found this to be the best way to give them some practical knowledge,” Roemer said.

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