Washington, Jan 13 (Agencies): United States encourages dialogue between India and Pakistan in order to ensure stability in South Asia, the White House has said.

"The President recognises that India is an important partner and certainly critical in the region, and that in order to ensure stability in South Asia, we wanted to encourage dialogue between India and Pakistan," said Mike Hammer, spokesperson of the National Security Council.

He said Obama's visit to India in November reflected all elements of Indo-US relationship.

"It's not only a question of the security interests of both countries, but the economic interests of both countries, the cultural ties between both countries. And we're very encouraged.

"I think what you've seen is an evolving deep, personal relationship between the President and Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh. This is something that we're very optimistic and positive about, I think you're going to see increasing cooperation between both our countries, including recently some decisions by India with regards to Iran and financing," Hammer said.

The White House official said the US President through his visit recognised that there are emerging powers around the globe that are increasingly important, India being among them.