WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS - The official-level meeting between Pakistan and India on February 25 is a "significant breakthrough" a senior U.S, official said Monday, with the hope that the two South Asian neighbours would be able to revive the composite dialogue process, derailed since late 2008. "We welcome very much the fact that these talks are taking place. I think this is a significant breakthrough, and I really want to commend both the Indians and the Pakistanis for arranging these talks," the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said in an interview to the BBC, according to a transcript released by the State Department. "Talks have been suspended for some time as a result of the November 2008 bombings in Mumbai, so we think this is a very valuable opportunity for both of these countries to explore the important issues on their agenda, but also to think about ways that they can begin the process of reestablishing the composite dialogue that they suspended and again, normalize relations," Blake said in response to a question about the February 25 meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan. "As you know, a great deal of progress was made between 2004 and 2007.I think we and the Indians and the Pakistanis themselves hope that that progress can be reestablished," Blake said. INDIA/UNSC Meanwhile, Indias path to a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council appears to have been cleared following the endorsement of the Asian Group last week. Kazakhstan, the only other candidate for one of the 10 non-permanent seats seat on the 15-member council, pulled out of the race ahead of the Asian Group's action. India's two-year term will start in January 2011. The Security Council is made up of 15 states- five veto-wielding permanent members -- China, Britain, France, Russia and the United States -- and 10 non-permanent seats elected for a two-year term. Even though India is the only candidate so far, it still needs two-thirds of the General Assembly vote, which adds up to about 128 counties, to get get elected. The last time India had a seat at the Council was in 1991-92. In 1996, Japan won with India trailing behind with approximately 40 votes. Pakistan was was a member of the Security Council in 2003-2004. In 1975, Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, challenged India's candidacy and prevailed-- a feat considered remarkable considering India's credentials as the world's largest democracy and its leadership role in the Non-Aligned Movement at that time. Last year, the General Assembly elected Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2010.