Washington: The United States on Thursday said that both India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to reduce tensions and added that it is for the two countries to determine the pace, scope, and character of talks on the Kashmir issue.
“The normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India is vital to both countries and the region,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said.
“Steps that initiate closer regional economic ties can also create jobs, lower inflation and increase energy supply,” he said yesterday.
The spokesperson made the remarks while responding to questions on the statement by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz that India is shying away from talks on Kashmir and other bilateral issues.
“We believe that the pace, scope, and character of dialogue on Kashmir is for India and Pakistan to determine,” Toner said.
“However, India and Pakistan stand to benefit from practical cooperation and we encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions,” he said.
“The United States strongly supports all efforts between India and Pakistan that can contribute to a more stable, democratic, and prosperous region, but this is an issue that must be determined by the two sides,” Toner said.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Sign me up for the newsletter!
Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email.
Mercedes-Benz Introduces for the first time in India the iconic G-Class in its new guise- the G 350 d
Ride-hailing service Shopicab is commencing its operations in Pune
Aaseya appoints Adrian Bignall as Global Head of Sales & Customer Success
Business Leadership: A power talk for entrepreneurs
From Words to Screen Vikram Chandra & Anurag Kashyap in Conversation with Tipu Purukayastha
2014 The Global Indian New Network (TGINN)