US pushing India, Pakistan to resume peaceful talks

US pushing India, Pakistan to resume peaceful talks

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The United States of America through its embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad, is trying to push both India and Pakistan governments to resume the bilateral talks, which Narendra Modi’s government called off after high commissioner of Pakistan Abdul Basit called various separatists leaders for a meeting in New Delhi.

“We are engaging with the governments of both India and Pakistan directly through our embassies to talk about this issue, and again, would strongly support efforts by both countries to improve their bilateral relations.” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at her daily news conference, adding “So it’s really up to them to take steps to improve that relationship.”

India on Monday cancelled the talks that were supposed to be held in Islamabad on August 25, raising strong objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan High Commissioner. Pakistan was bluntly asked to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists.

Pakistan, however responded the move by describing India’s decision to call off the talks as a “setback” to its efforts to promote good relations with them. The meeting of the two argumentative neighbors’ foreign secretaries in Islamabad next week would have been the fist in 18 months after Pakistans Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, accepted an invitation to attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Delhi three months back.

Modi however accused Pakistan by saying that it was terror groups to fight a “proxy war against India” last week on his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh sector.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry called these allegations as baseless rhetoric, and appealed both countries to focus on resolving all issues through dialogue. However, India hit back by saying terrorism continues to be a “core concern” and a “real and present danger”.

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