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We don't understand cricket but we like cricket diplomacy: US

July 24, 2012 15:00 IST

Cricket might be Greek to the Americans, but they still support cricket diplomacy between arch rivals India and Pakistan.

"We are for cricket. We don't understand it, but we like it," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said while replying to a query on the resumption of cricket ties between India and Pakistan.

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

"We have been supportive in all of our diplomatic encounters at every level with the Indian side and with the Pakistani side in some of the progress that they have made. They have 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 to 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 terror attacks to justice, Nuland said that the Barack Obama administration will continue to advocate for full justice being served.

Lalit K Jha
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