The United States reaffirmed that the pace, scope and nature of dialogue between India and Pakistan is a bilateral issue, and said Washington has always supported dialogue between the two neighbors to ensure peace in South Asia. claimed.
Responding to a question posed by a Pakistani journalist about Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif’s recent remarks calling for peace talks with India, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the US wants to see regional stability in South Asia. I believe that the relationship with Pakistan and India will be “self-reliant”.
“We have long sought regional stability in South Asia and that is certainly what we want. Speaking of India-Pakistan partnerships, these are independent relationships.I don’t see these relationships as zero-sum,” Price told reporters at a press conference.
He further said, “The pace, scope and nature of dialogue between India and Pakistan is a matter for both countries.”
In a recent interview with the UAE press, Prime Minister Sharif expressed his desire for talks with India. However, the prime minister’s office later said negotiations were not possible unless India canceled its 2019 actions in Kashmir.
Commenting on Sharif’s remarks, India said it always wanted a normal neighborly relationship with Pakistan, but that such a relationship needed an atmosphere free of fear and violence.
India claims it wants normal neighborly relations with Pakistan, but insists that Islamabad is responsible for creating an environment free of fear and hostility for such engagement.
Relations between India and Pakistan were severely strained after Indian fighter jets attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, in response to the Pulwama terrorist attack in February 2019. I was.
Relations soured further after India announced in August 2019 that it would withdraw special powers over Jammu and Kashmir, splitting the states into two Union Territories.
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