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U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright was to meet with Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers today in an effort to encourage a revival of dialogue between the two South Asian nuclear rivals and lay plans for a visit to the region by President Clinton next year.

The administration is looking to schedule Clinton's trip as early as January and no later than March, according to Assistant Secretary of State Karl Inderfurth.

Meanwhile, the United States wants both countries to take steps to "create a positive environment" for the visit, Inderfurth told Reuters.

Building on the recent Kashmir crisis, which was resolved with U.S. intervention, Albright will discuss with Pakistani Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz ways Washington can encourage resuming direct talks India and Pakistan began in February.

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