BOSTON (Online) India is prepared to discuss all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Jammu and Kashmir, to ensure stability in the South Asian region, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said during her trip to the United States. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir comes up in our relationship with Pakistan and weve said very clearly, very confidently and very transparently that we are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues with Pakistan, Nirupama said on Monday. It is not about segmenting this dialogue or taking away the complicated issues from it saying we are not ready to discuss it. That is certainly not our approach, she claimed. We want to discuss all the outstanding issues and that will also include the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. The top diplomat, who was in Washington earlier to discuss President Obamas upcoming India visit in November, stressed that Kashmir is an internal matter as far as India is concerned. It is an internal affair because it (Kashmir) is an integral part of India, she maintained. She said, India is determined to persevere in our dialogue with Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues so that our region will be stable and so that the rationale of economic development in an atmosphere of peace, for all of South Asia, remains our steadfast goal. Referring to the Mumbai attacks, Rao told PTI, Its an issue that is very much a part of what we want to speak to Pakistan about. On Mumbai, closure is needed. She said Pakistans Interior Minister Rehman Malik was in touch with the Indian Home Ministry about the trial of the accused involved in 26/11. The trial has moved slowly. There has not been much progress to show out of it. While delivering the Harish Mahindra Memorial lecture at Harvard University on 'Indias Global Role in Boston, Rao said Indias vision of enhanced South Asian cooperation for development was challenged by violent extremism and terrorism which originated in the region and found sustenance and sanctuary there. Our relationship with Pakistan has been complicated by the issue of terrorism and the need for Pakistan to take ameliorative action to eradicate terrorism against India. Despite this threat, we understand well the Kautilyan advice that a great power loses stature if it remains bogged down in neighbourhood entanglements, the Indian secretary said. She said the terrorists had repeatedly sought to undermine Indias security and economic progress, aided and abetted by forces beyond our border, adding that terror groups implacably opposed to India continued to recruit, train and plot attacks from 'safe havens across the borders. She stressed the need of joint international efforts to counter terrorism, as no country could overcome the challenge alone. On Afghanistan, Rao said India was supportive of the USs efforts to fight terrorism and bring stability in the war-ravaged country. We have a direct interest in Afghanistan, not because we see it as a theatre of rivalry with Pakistan but because of the growing fusion of terrorist groups that operate from Afghanistan and Pakistan and their activities in India, she added.