NEW YORK - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed forthcoming meeting between Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers today (Sunday), hoping that the two South Asian countries would be able to improve their relations, a senior American diplomat said on Friday. Hillary discussed Pak-India relations at a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. 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 the two 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 should take action against elements accused of being behind the Mumbai attacks in November last year. He called both Pakistan and India as United States friends and stressed the issue should be worked out between the two neighbouring 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 characterising 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 US 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. In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Friday, President Asif Ali Zardari had said that Pakistan desired friendly relations with India and resumption of dialogue, which could lead to a 'meaningful progress towards a resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Pakistan desires friendly relations with India, he said in his address to the world body. We believe that dialogue is the only way forward. The president reminded Indians that the absence of dialogue would lead to tensions that must be avoided. We look forward to the resumption of the composite dialogue process. We seek a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues with India, he said. Meaningful progress towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute is necessary for durable peace and stability in South Asia, he said.