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'US talking to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan to defeat extremists'

world Updated: Jan 23, 2010 09:27 IST

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The United States says it continues to have a "significant dialogue" with India, Pakistan and Afghanistan on how to stabilise the region and defeat and deter extremists threatening all three countries.

"This is a common challenge, and it is part of our ongoing dialogue with all three of these countries," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters on Friday when asked to comment on Defence Secretary Robert Gates visit to the three South Asian nations.

Not only Gates, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and "others - we continue to have significant dialogue with the Government of Pakistan, the Government of India, the Government of Afghanistan about how we can have stability, dialogue and cooperation across the region," he said.

"That is ultimately how jointly, these countries together with the United States, together with the international community, will be able to stabilise the region and defeat and deter political extremists who threaten, in different ways, all three countries," Crowley said.

Asked to comment on reported warnings put out by India about potential hijackings in the country, the spokesman said he did not have any information and "I'll defer to the Department of Homeland Security."