US favours ‘direct’ India-Pakistan talks to reduce tension

US favours ‘direct’ India-Pakistan talks to reduce tension

SRINAGAR: Amid the rising tension between India and Pakistan following the anti-India uprising in Kashmir, the United States on Tuesday advocated for direct talks between the two nuclear neighbours.
“We strongly support all efforts between India and Pakistan that can contribute to a more stable and prosperous region, and that includes meetings at any level between Indian and Pakistani officials,” US State Department deputy spokesperson, Mark C Toner, was quoted as saying in media reports.
He was responding to a question from journalists about the tension between India and Pakistan and a verbal dual over human rights violations in the state.
The last week, Pakistan invited India’s foreign secretary for talks on Kashmir, but India rejected the offer and offered to hold talks instead on ‘cross-border terrorism’.
Asked that Pakistan has been seeking US role for mediation between the two countries and if Washington was ready to consider the appeal, Toner hinted that there was no role for the US in Indo-Pak bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, US’ ambassador, Richard Verma, has said that the issues concerning Kashmir or Balochistan should be decided by the “two parties involved”.
“When it comes to Balochistan, or even increased tensions in Kashmir in particular, it is our long-standing policy to leave the matter to be decided by the two parties,” he was quoted as saying.

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