US concerned but will not mediate between India and Pakistan

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America’s new South Asia strategy focuses on reducing tension between India and Pakistan, but will assume no mediator role between the two neighbours, said Alice G. Wells, acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asia. She told US lawmakers that the Trump administration is increasingly concerned about stability in the region given the introduction of new nuclear capable ballistic or cruise missile systems.

“The South Asia strategy also focuses on reducing tensions between Pakistan and India,” she told lawmakers yesterday during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan held jointly by House Foreign Affairs Subcommittees for Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and Pacific.

What the US will continue doing is simply encourages both countries to restart dialogue at the earliest opportunity and to remind the two foes of the implications.

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“The region and the world look to both Pakistan and India to safeguard against a nuclear conflict in South Asia,” she said.

Wells also voiced concern over the stability and security of the South Asia region and said the US is ready to work constructively with Pakistan against the terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e Mohammed and the Haqqani Network. – CINEWS


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