Reiterating its stated stand on Kashmir, the United States opined that both India and Pakistan need to resolve the problem on their own. Saying that there has not been any change in its position on Kashmir which remains a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, the US authorities ruled out any role for itself in the revival of Indo-Pak dialogues. Earlier on Saturday, it had expressed its disappointment over the cancellation of Indo-Pak NSA level talks in New Delhi.
Maintaining its stand on Kashmir, US State Department Spokesman Admiral John Kirby said, “The tensions in the region are significant. We recognise that, and we believe it’s important for leaders of both countries to resume this dialogue and the discussion and to try to come to some resolution”.
“What we’ve said, particularly with the tension in Kashmir, is that our position has not changed, that this is an issue that India and Pakistan need to resolve,” the State Department spokesperson added.
The US State Department Spokesman was responding to questions on talks between the national security advisors of India and Pakistan that were called off by Islamabad at the last moment.
“We were encouraged by the constructive interaction. The early constructive interaction between the leaders of India and Pakistan earlier this year in Russia… We are disappointed that the talks didn’t happen. We just encourage India and Pakistan to resume a formal dialogue soon,” Mr. Kirby said.
Admiral Kirby also insisted that it is for the leaders of the two countries to decide on the pace and scope of the peace talks.
“These are issues for the two to resolve together, and that’s what we continue to encourage is a resumption of dialogue between the leaders of both India and Pakistan,” he said.
Clarifying that USA’s position about terrorism and the threat that it continues to pose around the world remains the same, Kirby strongly said that the United States will stay committed to countering violent extremism using all the elements of national power and international cooperation that it can.
“When it comes to countering terrorism around the world, obviously the United States plays a role and we want everybody to play a role in that, but when you’re asking me about these particular tensions, we’re disappointed that the talks didn’t occur and we would like to see them resume,” Kirby further added.
(With inputs from the PTI)