India, Pakistan should continue dialogue to address concerns including Kashmir: US
The Barack Obama administration has asked both India and Pakistan to refrain from indulging in rhetoric and continue a dialogue process to address their differences and issues, including Kashmir.
“What I would say that the extent to which both countries are seeking to continue a dialogue process that will do more to address concerns and tensions than perhaps other approaches. So I would just say that it is our hope and our counsel to (the two) continue to push forward on a process of talks between the two governments to try to address concerns,” a senior State Department official said.
The United States, the official noted, has also said that with respect to the issues emanating from Kashmir, that it believes that this is something that the two countries need to determine through the dialogue.
"Nothing has changed in terms of the US position and perspective on that and we do encourage the two countries to continue the dialogue process that allows them to process areas of concerns in both countries," the official said in response to a question.
In an apparent reference to the war of words between the two countries, the official cautioned against indulging in rhetoric.
"I think, when you start going into a situation where there is rhetoric that flies that is rarely going to be conducive to push forward a dialogue process," the official said.
"At the same time, we have understood and the concerns and frustrations that has been expressed with respect to terrorism. We have been very firm in our statements, public and private that there has to be actions against terrorist groups wherever they may operate there cannot be a safe haven for terrorist groups and that there cannot be any distinction made. We have urged for robust cooperation to try to address those concerns," the official added.
India and Pakistan have been engaged in a war of words over the statements by Islamabad on the situation in Kashmir which is witnessing unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last month.
Wani was described as a martyr by Pakistan, which has also tried to internationalise the Kashmir issue while India has been maintaining that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the Valley is the root cause of the turbulence.
Pakistan has been long accused of training and pushing militants into India, and providing shelter to terrorists like Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Pathankot IAF base attack Masood Azhar and others.