WASHINGTON - The United States has said that it is working hard to push Pakistan to go after terror groups that seek safe haven on its soil and territory, as part of Washington's efforts to pave the way for peace in Afghanistan as well as in the region.

“We’re always working hard to push Pakistan to go after those terrorist groups that seek safe haven on their soil and territory,” State Department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters at the daily press briefing, while answering questions about the resumption of talks between the Taliban and Kabul government's representatives in Qatar.

He said regional dynamics played into any country’s domestic situation. That was why the United States had been “pushing for more dialogue between Pakistan and India, which we believe will help reduce tensions in the region,” he added.

Regional dynamics do play a role in Afghanistan, the United States has acknowledged after former Afghan President Hamid Karzai's remarks that situation in the country is dependent on America and Pakistan's interest along with the two nations' relations with India.

Toner noted that for the conflict in Afghanistan, there's a range of different regional dynamics that play in "But our goal is to continue to support the Afghan military as it steps up its fight against the Taliban and pushes much needed reforms in the economy and the democratic system," he said, adding the US supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Toner was responding to a question on Karzai's latest statement. "I think a combination of the two, of the US interests in the region and Pakistani interests in Afghanistan and the nature of their relations with India has been determining events in Afghanistan - negatively, unfortunately," Karzai said in a television interview.

The deputy spokesman said US was supportive of the peace process and is not looking to engineer it, even as he refused to say anything on its role in the latest talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban in Qatar.

"I'm not going to speak about what our role may or may not be with regard to this new initiative, but as we made clear before, we believe that a peace accord is really the primary or the only pathway to ensuring peace and stability long-term in Afghanistan," Toner said.

"We have supported and continue to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process for negotiated resolution to the conflict there. And we're committed to promoting that as much as we can," he said when being asked about the talks that took place in Doha.

While making it clear that the peace process needs to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned, Toner said the US is not looking to engineer or supervise it in any way, shape or form.

"This is something the Afghan government and the Taliban would have to take on their own," he said.