"We continue to welcome efforts by India and Pakistan to work bilaterally to solve these very difficult, complicated issues. And so that they have started to do that," State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.

When asked about reported direction by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his ministers not to make anti-India statements, Kirby said "there's always a balance to be struck here. And without having more detail about his comments or the context in which they were made, I'd really be loath to go further than that".

He also said that for more than a decade now, the US has been talking with Pakistan on terrorist safe havens.

"We've been crystal clear for well over a decade now, bilaterally with Pakistan, about our concerns about terrorism in the region, to include the safe havens that we know terrorist organisations have along that spine between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Breaking the logjam in their ties earlier this month, India and Pakistan announced that they have decided to engage in a 'comprehensive' dialogue that will include peace and security and Jammu and Kashmir.

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