America’s Stand on Kashmir Unchanged, says US State Deptt



John Kirby
John Kirby

US Tuesday reiterated that there has been no change in its position on Kashmir, which it treats as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, ruling out any role for itself in Indo-Pak talks.

State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference that 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,” he said.

Kirby 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.

“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,” Kirby said.

Kirby reiterated that it is for the leaders of the two countries to decide on the pace and scope of the peace talks.

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