US to encourage India-Pakistan dialogue over Kashmir: Report

US to encourage India-Pakistan dialogue over Kashmir: Report

SRINAGAR: United States of America on Tuesday said it would encourage Pakistan for dialogue over Kashmir.
According to a media reports, US secretary of state, John Kerry, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker began two days of talks with the Indian government to encourage dialogue with Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir and to boost business ties.
Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Monday night for the annual US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue after a one-day stop in Bangladesh where he discussed increased militant attacks.
The report mentioned a senior US official as stating that the situation in Kashmir and concerns over Afghanistan would be raised in talks with national security adviser, Ajit Doval, and subsequently with prime minister, Narendra Modi.
A senior US State Department official has said Kerry would encourage dialogue between Pakistan and India during the discussions.
“We have a long-standing policy of encouraging and advocating for great dialogue between the two countries on addressing areas of difference, and that continues to be our position,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying.
“But we have also underscored that combating terrorism is a high priority for the United States in its bilateral relations with all of the countries in the region,” the official added.

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