Ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to India, the US has said that India and Pakistan need to work with each other to resolve their bilateral issues. The US also said that it has always encouraged the two neighbors to build a more stable relationship as they move forward. Dean Thompson, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, told reporters during a conference, “With regard to India-Pakistan, I would just like to say that we strongly believe that the issues of India and Pakistan are for them to be resolved together. are for. Thompson said in response to a question that we are pleased to see that the ceasefire that entered into force between the two countries earlier this year remains in place and we will certainly see them always finding ways to build a more stable relationship. Let’s encourage you to continue your efforts.
The ties between India and Pakistan soured after New Delhi on August 5, 2019 abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories. However, at the beginning of the year the two neighbors signed a ceasefire agreement.
Responding to a question on Afghanistan, the Acting Assistant Secretary said that the US expects all countries in the region to have a common interest in a stable and secure Afghanistan to move forward. Significantly, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit India next week, during which discussion on Afghanistan will be a major agenda.
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Thompson said that we would certainly consider talking to our Indian partners about how we can work together to achieve that goal. We will continue to negotiate a negotiated settlement to find ways to bring the parties together and end the long-running war.
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