The United States wants to work closely with India through "smart diplomacy" to promote stability in a volatile South Asia, Obama Administration's nominee as the US envoy to New Delhi Timothy J Roemer said on Tuesday.
"We will work closely with India to promote stability, prosperity and development in the often volatile region of South Asia," Roemer, the nominee for the US Ambassador to India, said at a Congressional confirmation hearing.
If confirmed, Roemer said he plans to make smart public diplomacy and outreach part of daily mission at the US Embassy in India.
On Pakistan, Roemer said: "We need to continue to support improvement in the overall India-Pakistan relationship, including resumption of a dialogue process that will address issues of vital to each country while still ensuring that Pakistan takes concrete steps to address the threat of terrorism."
The recently passed Kerry-Lugar bill should greatly facilitate this process, he said.
"In Sri Lanka, we can engage with India and other regional and international partners to discuss persons, promoting political accommodation of minorities and coordinating reconstruction assistance in ways that will support peace and reconciliation efforts," Roemer said.