U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed Sundays forthcoming meeting between Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers and voiced the hope that the two South Asian countries would be able to improve their relations, according to a senior American diplomat here Friday. The top U.S. diplomat discussed Pakistan-India relations at a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, who will hold talks with Pakistans foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday. The Secretary welcomed the fact that External Affairs Minister Krishna will be meeting with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Qureshi, I think in two days, and she expressed her hope that the two sides can agree on the steps that they believe are necessary to get their relations back on a more positive footing, Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, said. The meeting between Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers, who are here for the UN General Assembly session, will precede a meeting between foreign secretaries of the two South Asian nuclear powers on Saturday. Briefing newsmen about Clinton-Krishna meeting, Blake parried questions about New Delhis demands that Pakistan take action against elements accused of being behind the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. He called both Pakistan and India as United States friends and stressed the issue should be worked out between the two neighboring countries. Well, as I said earlier, they I think both sides agree on the importance of trying to get things back to normal. I dont want to get into the position of characterizing what Pakistan Im sorry, what India said about its relations with Pakistan. Ill let the Indians do it. This is a very sensitive topic for them. And our position has always been that this is something that needs to be worked out between our two friends, India and Pakistan, so Id prefer to just leave it at what I already said. Blake also avoided making any specific comments, when asked if the Indian minister protested against the increase in American aid to Pakistan in the backdrop of remarks attributed to President Musharraf (which he later denied) about the use of U.S. military aid. Id rather not get into trying to talk about what the Indians said. I mean, Id prefer you just ask them directly about their positions, because particularly on this subject, its quite a sensitive issue, and I dont want to mischaracterize their views.