U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice has met with Indian leaders in New Delhi for talks focusing on regional defense issues, on the first leg of her six nation tour of Asia.
Speaking at a joint news conference with her Indian counterpart Natwar Singh, Ms. Rice said there are no immediate plans to sell American made F-16 fighter jets to either Pakistan or India.
Pakistan has said it needs the F-16s to help fight terrorism, but New Delhi says the jets could be used against India.
Ms. Rice also praised India and Pakistan for the progress they have made in peace talks that resumed a year ago, and she reiterated U.S. opposition to a proposed gas pipeline running from Iran to India, via Pakistan.
Ms. Rice traveled to Pakistan later in the day. Her Asian tour also includes stops in Afghanistan, Japan, South Korea and China.