NEW DELHI (Agencies) US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amidst a desire by the US to step up military cooperation and see that India and Pakistan join hands to combat terrorism. Gates, who arrived on Tuesday morning on a two-day visit, will also hold substantive talks with Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday (today) during which he is expected to push the reluctant India to sign a bilateral Logistics Support Agreement and a communication sharing pact. Arriving New Delhi, ahead of his visit to Pakistan, Gates met the Indian Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna during which the situation in the region came up for discussion. Gates is understood to have provided his assessment of the challenge posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan-Afghanistan region and sought the views of the Indian leadership on the issue, official sources said. As he flew to New Delhi for talks with Indian leaders, Gates said the US would like to help India and Pakistan focus less on each other and more on the terrorism threat, but the two countries prefer to settle their differences themselves. Were always interested in that, he told reporters. Regional stability is very important for everybody involved. I think its clear that both sides prefer to deal with this bilaterally. Gates said India and Pakistan have demonstrated admirable restraint since the three-day terror attack more than a year ago in Mumbai. The bombing in Mumbai was a really terrible event and frankly I believe that the Indians responded subsequently with a great deal of restraint and have conducted themselves in a very statesmanlike manner since that attack, he said. I think that even within the framework of that attack and the suspicions that it created that the two sides have managed to keep the tensions between them at a manageable level, Gates said. Both of our countries (US and India) know all too well the terrible human cost of terrorist attacks, Gates wrote in a commentary in The Times of India before his arrival. Leaders of both governments have agreed to expand cooperation in sharing tactics and information in countering terror threats, including efforts to disrupt militant financial networks and safeguard public transit, he wrote. Gates told reporters, he also planned to provide India with an update on the Nato-led war in Afghanistan, a mission that his host has strongly endorsed. He called the end-use monitoring agreement hugely important but said more needed to be done to expand arms trade between the two countries. He said more US legal barriers needed to be removed that would give India access to American-made military hardware, citing agreements on communications and logistics cooperation that still needed to be sealed. In his newspaper commentary, Gates wrote that we both have to re-examine policies dealing with exchanging technology and US regulations particularly needed to be reformed. The US Defence Chief on Monday said it was unlikely Taliban leaders would reconcile with Afghanistans government but that lower ranking insurgents might be open to making peace with Kabul. Gates welcomed plans announced on Sunday by President Hamid Karzais government to launch a new bid at making peace with militants, but said Taliban chief Mullah Omar and other leaders would be reluctant to lay down their arms until circumstances changed on the battlefield. Just speaking personally, Id be very surprised to see a reconciliation with Mullah Omar, Gates told reporters aboard his plane en route to India. I think its our view that until the Taliban leadership sees a change in the momentum and begins to see that they are not going to win, that the likelihood of reconciliation at senior levels is not terribly great, he said. But he added that we may see a real growth of reintegration at the local district and provincial level as insurgents come under pressure and know theyre not going to win.