India firm on bilateral redressal of issues with Pakistan

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New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) With reports of US President Donald Trump offering to personally get involved to resolve India-Pakistan issues, New Delhi on Tuesday reasserted that its position for bilateral redressal of all issues between the two South Asian neighbours has not changed.

“Government’s position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

“We, of course, expect international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond,” he said.

Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the UN, said on Monday that the US was concerned about the state of India-Pakistan relations and President Trump himself might get involved in a peace process between the two South Asian antagonists.

“This administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” Haley, who holds a cabinet rank in the Trump administration, said.

“I would expect that the administration is going to be in talks and try and find its place to be part of that (process,” the former Governor of South Carolina state said

She added, “And also wouldn’t be surprised if the President participates as well.”

–IANS

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