Want constructive dialogue between India, Pakistan: US

New York: The US has said it shares multifaceted relationships with India and Pakistan and does not want to see a “war of words” but a constructive dialogue between the two nations for the betterment of their people.

Relations between India and Pakistan have often been strained over the Kashmir issue and cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

“We have a global strategic partnership with India. I have also spoken about the deep partnership we have with Pakistan. These relationships in our mind are not zero-sum. We do not view them in relation to one another,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference when asked about the recent outburst against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in New York.

Price said each of these relationships is indispensable to the US and to the promotion and pursuit of the shared goals that the US has with India and Pakistan.

“The fact that we have partnerships with both countries leaves us not wanting to see a war of words between India and Pakistan. We would like to see a constructive dialogue between India and Pakistan. We think that is for the betterment of the Pakistani and Indian people. There is much work that we can do together bilaterally,” Price said in response to the question.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Bhutto-Zardari resorted to a personal attack on Indian Prime Minister Modi and slammed the RSS after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, in a veiled reference to Pakistan, told UNSC that the “contemporary epicentre of terrorism” remains very much active and called for collective action to tackle them.

“There are differences that, of course, need to be addressed between India and Pakistan. The United States stands ready to assist as a partner to both,” he asserted.

“We see the importance – the indispensability really – of maintaining valuable partnerships with both our Indian and Pakistani friends. Each of these relationships also happens to be multifaceted,” Price said.

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