WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clintons high-profile mission is aimed at expanding ties as well as encouraging efforts towards easing the strained Indo-Pakistan relations, according to diplomatic sources. I am sure that Pakistan will be a subject of discussion during the meetings, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake told reporters. But Blake said there has already been quite a lot of dialogue between India and Pakistan, including the recent meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Asif Ali Zardari. The two sides also have had meetings in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where the Non-Aligned Summit is taking place. The foreign secretaries of both sides met on Tuesday, I believe. And I think the prime ministers are scheduled to meet on Thursday. So I think there is already good dialogue underway and certainly we welcome that, Blake said. Mrs Clintons trip is also aimed at dispelling any doubts about the US commitment to New Delhi under US President Barack Obama. Despite Obamas early focus on fighting the Taliban insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, aides say they fully understand Indias importance as a rising major power and they want to strengthen all aspects of the relationship. Everything is on the table, Mrs Clinton said on Wednesday. Were going to do everything we can to broaden and deepen our engagement. US officials hope they will come away from the trip, which includes two nights each in Mumbai and New Delhi and a visit to Thailand for a regional conference, with tangible accomplishments in at least three areas: signing an agreement to ensure that US arms technology sold to India does not leak to third countries, a step required by US law for arms sales by US corporations; Indias announcement that it has reserved two sites for US companies to build nuclear power plants, which could be worth as much as $10 billion in business for American firms; establishing a strategic dialogue between the two countries to be led by Clinton and Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. All three, likely to be unveiled when Mrs Clinton visits New Delhi on Monday, could demonstrate that Obamas commitment to the relationship equals that of his predecessor, George W Bush. Bushs main achievement with India was to secure a controversial agreement that ended a three-decade ban on nuclear commerce with New Delhi, helping India to meet its vast energy needs while opening a market worth billions to foreign companies. US officials played down Mrs Clintons decision to skip India on her foreign first trip as secretary of state in February, when she visited China, and said they were constrained in approaching India ahead of its May parliamentary elections. They also said they want to further cooperation in areas such as agriculture, education, counter-terrorism and defence. Reuters adds: Relations between India and Pakistan is one of the most nettlesome issues Mrs Clinton will discuss. Indian officials are angry at what they see as Pakistans failure to act against the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group India blames for last years attacks on Mumbai, which killed at least 166 people. Despite this dispute, which threatens to delay any formal resumption of a peace dialogue between the two countries, the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers met in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Thursday. The United States is keenly interested in resumption of talks between the two countries to ease tensions on Pakistans eastern border with India so it can focus on fighting Taliban militants on its western border with Afghanistan. US analysts expected little to emerge on Pakistan during Mrs Clintons trip, saying the issue is too charged in India to air much in public and that in any case Mrs Clinton will want to stress US-Indian ties. Stephen Cohen, a South Asia specialist at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, said that US and Indian officials should be speaking privately about what kind of Pakistan we want to see emerge out of the crisis there. Normalising the India-Pakistan relationship should be at the top of the agenda, Cohen said. Especially now because you have got governments in both countries who would like to do this.