Washington: The US has ruled out a role for itself in improving Indo-Pak ties, noting that it is for New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve among themselves their bilateral issues.

The United States shares the interest of people in India and Pakistan in seeing these two countries continuing to improve their relationship, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Monday.

"We have been supportive in all of our diplomatic encounters at every level with the Indian side, with the Pakistani side in some of the progress that they've made.

They've made considerable progress on the economic side," Nuland said.

"We are encouraging them to do better on issues like sharing counterterrorism information, dealing with threats to both countries, moving forward to work on trust and political issues, so we will continue support dialogue between them at every level, but it's obviously up to Indians and Pakistanis to continue to work on this," she said.

On the question of bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice, Nuland said that the Obama administration will continue to advocate for full justice being served, not least because Americans lost their lives as well.

Asked about cricket diplomacy playing its part in improving the relations between the two South Asian neighbours, she said: "We're for cricket. We don't understand it, but we like it."

(Agencies)

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