US asks India and Pakistan to engage in talks to reduce tensions


Washington. The US has asked India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce bilateral tensions and resolve issues, including Kashmir.

“I think one of the things that we would do is ask or encourage India and Pakistan to sit down together and engage in direct dialogue that is aimed at reducing tensions between both of those countries,” told State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

She was responding to a question on the statement made by the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a day earlier in which he sought some steps of rapprochement on issues with Pakistan.

Asked what steps India could take and if Tillerson was linking a solution on Kashmir with Pakistan-Afghanistan, Nauert said the US views the whole strategy and the handling of Afghanistan as being a regional strategy, and that incorporates India as well as Pakistan.

When asked if Tillerson was linking, a solution on Kashmir with Pakistan-Afghanistan.

Nauert replied: “In terms of Kashmir, our policy on that has not changed. We continue to encourage the sides to sit down and talk together about that.”

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