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Zardari's India visit very constructive: US

April 06, 2012 09:27 IST
Terming Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's scheduled visit to India as "very constructive", the United States has said it does not want any new strains in Indo-Pak ties over the $ 10 million bounty offered by it for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba founder Hafiz Saeed.

"We think his (Zardari) visit to India actually is very constructive, and we're all for it," US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner told the media in Washington.

Zardari is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch in New Delhi on April 8 before making a private visit to the 13th century Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer.

"We certainly want to see... to us, it's a win-win situation when Pakistan and India are engaging in dialogue, are talking to each other, and are building better cooperation," Toner said.

America, he said, does not want the recent announcement of the bounty on Saeed to have any affect on the meeting between Zardari and Singh. "We certainly don't want it to impact on his visit to India," he said.

Saeed is wanted over the bloody 2008 siege of Mumbai that killed 166 people including six Americans.

The Defa-e-Pakistan Council, a conglomerate of over 40 hardline and extremist groups, on Thursday asked Zardari to cancel his trip to India to protest the USD 10 million bounty offered by the US for Saeed.

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