President Barack Obama on Sunday defended the U.S. alliance with India's bitter rival Pakistan, but acknowledged that Pakistan's progress in rooting out terrorists "is not as quick as we'd like."
He implored Indians to find a way over time to trust Pakistan - with which their country has fought three wars since 1947 - and help it succeed.
"If Pakistan is unstable, that's bad for India," he said.
His comments at a question-and-answer session with students were the first mentioned during his visit to India on the touchy subject of Pakistan, which Indians openly brand a terrorist nation and blame for the Nov. 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai that left 160 people dead.
The White House has stressed that Obama's primary mission here is to promote U.S.-India trade and generally has not commented on the thorny issue of Pakistan-India relations - even though they are considered critical to resolving the region's conflicts, including in Afghanistan, which has increasingly become a proxy battleground for India and Pakistan.