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US favours 'direct' India-Pakistan talks

Last week, Pakistan offered to hold Foreign Secretary level talks with India over the Kashmir dispute, which the later rejected by saying it was ready for talks, but only on cross-border relations

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Publish Date: Aug 23 2016 1:46PM | Updated Date: Aug 23 2016 1:46PM

US favours 'direct' India-Pakistan talks

 The United States has called for "direct" talks between India and Pakistan to decrease tension between the two countries and normalise their relations that have soured recently after deadly unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

 
"We strongly support all efforts between India and Pakistan that can contribute to a more stable and prosperous region, and that includes meetings at any level between Indian and Pakistani officials," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner told journalists in Washoington.
 
He was answering a question about stressed India and Pakistan relations and a recent war of words over alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, and Islamabad's support for terrorism. 
 
Last week, Pakistan offered to hold Foreign Secretary level talks with India over the Kashmir dispute. 
 
India countered by saying they were ready to talk but only on the cross-border terrorism. 
 
Toner was asked that Pakistan on numerous occasions had sought a US role for mediation between the two countries and if Washington was ready to come forward as a mediator. But he stressed that there was no role for the US in India and Pakistan bilateral relations.
 
"Our longstanding position has always been that India and Pakistan stand to benefit from a normalization of relations and practical cooperation, and so we would be encouraged that India and Pakistan continue to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions."