WASHINGTON - The United States believes that its success in Afghanistan is very much dependent on a strong constructive relationship with Pakistan, a Pentagon spokesman said, hoping for a better cooperation and coordination in their anti-militant operations.

 “That relationship (with Pakistan) is troubled. There’s no question about that right now. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t - both sides - recognise the importance of working our way through this and getting to better cooperation and coordination across that border,” the spokesman, Navy Captain John Kirby, told reporters in response to questions.  “The safe havens that exist in Pakistan are still an obstacle to our ultimate success in Afghanistan, and we’re continuing to work at that,” he added.

To another question, Kirby said that United States’ relationship with India and Pakistan was not a zero-sum game and that it values ties with both.  “I would tell you that with respect to both countries, it’s not a zero-sum game for us,” he said.

 “We value and very much want deep strategic partnerships with both countries, because both of them are vital to the Central and South Asia regions. There’s no question about that,” he said. “We want good, strong relationships with all the nations there. And more importantly, we want them to have strong relationships with each other.”