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US expresses concern over violence in Kashmir

State Department Spokesman said the US was in close touch with Indian government over the issue

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 30 2016 1:20PM | Updated Date: Jul 30 2016 1:20PM

US expresses concern over violence in Kashmir

United States has expressed concern over the violence in Kashmir and called on all sides to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to the issue as it wants to see the tensions de-escalated.

 

"We encourage all sides to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to this," State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters when asked about the ongoing violence in Kashmir.

 

It may be mentioned here that protests broke out across Kashmir Valley on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces.

 

During clashes between protesters and security forces, 47 persons, including two policemen, were killed and 5,500 were injured.

 

"We have obviously seen reports of the clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Kashmir. And were, of course, concerned by the violence, as you might expect we would be," he said.

 

Kirby said the US was in close touch with the Indian government over the issue.

 

"But were obviously concerned by the violence and we want to see the tensions de-escalated," Kirby said.