WASHINGTON: The United States wants to "turn the page" of its relationship with Pakistan in the New Year, after a "difficult and complex" phase in  2011, a State Department spokesperson said Thursday.

"I don't think anybody on any side would question that 2011 was a difficult and complex year in the US-Pakistani relationship," Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said as the year closes under the shadow of November 26 NATO strike on Pakistani border posts, which claimed lives of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

"Obviously, what we want to do is turn the page, redouble our efforts to cooperate against the threats that we share, and to support a strong, prosperous, democratic Pakistan in an increasingly stable, peaceful, prosperous, democratic region," she said in response to questions at her new briefing.

The United States, she said, has been investing a lot in building its relationship with Pakistan and the people of this country, but needs to redouble its efforts.

"We put a huge amount of US taxpayer money every year into education programmes in Pakistan, microlending programmes, flood relief, all kinds of economic opportunity programs because we believe a strong Pakistan is in our interests," she said.

"So we will continue to try to give that message directly to the Pakistani people, as the secretary did herself in her town hall meeting and in her TV interviews when she was in Pakistan in October," she said.

"We believe that that message needs to be conveyed strongly in Pakistan by Americans and by Pakistanis.

"We need each other and that we have a lot of work still to do to build the kind of neighborhood there that it is in our mutual interests."

Nuland said in response to a question at her daily news conference.

On improving relations between the South Asian neighbours, Pakistan and India, the spokesperson said the outgoing year proved to be good in this respect.

"I think you know that we’ve long encouraged direct dialogue between India

and Pakistan, that we are encouraged that, on this front, 2011 was a good year, that they made considerable progress together, and we want to see that progress deepened and strengthened in the – in 2012."