The United States has said it supports dialogue and diplomacy between India and Pakistan to resolve long-standing issues and it is willing to support the process.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 10, 2023 07:47 IST
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price gestures at a news conference in Washington. (Photo: Reuters)
By India Today World Desk: The United States supports a constructive dialogue and meaningful conversation between India and Pakistan, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday. The US official reiterated that it’s for India and Pakistan to decide on the nature of that dialogue.
“We support constructive dialogue. We support diplomacy between India and Pakistan to resolve long-standing disputes. We are a partner, and we are willing to support that process in any way that they deem appropriate,” the Biden administration official said.
“But ultimately, these are decisions that India and Pakistan themselves are going to have to make,” Ned Price said, refusing any meditating role for the US in talks between India and Pakistan.
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Price was asked why the US, with its power and authority, can’t mediate talks between India and Pakistan.
He said, “Because these are decisions for the countries themselves. If they agree on a particular role for the United States, the US is prepared to, as a partner to both countries, support that process in any way that we responsibly can.”
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“Ultimately, it is not for the United States to determine the modalities or the way in which India and Pakistan engage one another,” Ned Price added.
The statement comes a day after a report by US intelligence said Pakistan has a long history of supporting anti-India militant groups and India is more likely to use military force on “real Pakistani provocation” under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Relations between India and Pakistan have often been strained over the Kashmir issue and cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.