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  1. US appeals for India, Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue

US appeals for India, Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue

The US today said it strongly "encouraged" India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tensions, as the war of words between the two neighbours escalated over the Kashmir issue.

By: | Washington | Published: September 25, 2016 8:35 PM
Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan have been rising since the September 18 terror attack on an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. (Reuters) Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan have been rising since the September 18 terror attack on an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. (Reuters)

The US today said it strongly “encouraged” India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tensions, as the war of words between the two neighbours escalated over the Kashmir issue.

“The United States strongly supports all efforts between India and Pakistan that can contribute to a more stable, democratic, and prosperous region, including meetings between the Indian and Pakistani officials,” a senior State Department official said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address in Kerala.

“Our longstanding position is that we believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from the normalisation of relations and practical cooperation. We encourage India and Pakistan to continue to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions,” the official said.

Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan have been rising since the September 18 terror attack on an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers.

Modi had launched a blistering attack on Pakistan yesterday in his first public address after last Sunday’s deadly attack.

Modi said the sacrifice of the 18 soldiers will not go in vain while all out efforts will be made to isolate Pakistan globally.

Pakistan has rejected allegations of its involvement in the assault with both countries hitting out at each other including at the current UN General Assembly session.

Responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “tirade” in his UNGA speech in which he had focussed elaborately on Kashmir, India had slammed Pakistan for being home to the “Ivy League of terrorism” and a “terrorist state” that commits “war crimes” by using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

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    Ajax
    Sep 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    and Why didnt the same US indulge in Peace talks with Osama, Saddam, Libya?.. It does the peace talks with N Korea as it is nuclear....else they would have been wiped out.
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      S.K.Gupta
      Sep 26, 2016 at 5:10 am
      US is known for its double standards. Why it could not follow the same when it went ahead with its super power's role in Syria and other ISIS held areas?
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        Sanjay
        Sep 26, 2016 at 2:11 am
        USA should have set the example by holding dialog with Taliban before preaching India to do the same with a terrorist state.
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