US to help efforts for Pak-India talks

WASHINGTON: The US will be “very supportive” if circumstances are created for productive talks between India and Pakistan, says senior US diplomat Alice G. Wells.

Ms Wells, who heads the bureau for South and Central Asian affairs on the State Division, moreover said at a data briefing on Monday that the US had despatched a two-pronged message to Pakistan: a need to engage constructively and an emphasis on the need for Pakistan to implement its ensures to battle all terrorist groups.

Requested if Pakistan had despatched a message through US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on India-Pakistan dialogue and if that was raised all through Mr. Pompeo’s meeting with the Indian abroad minister, she did not say if such a message was obtained and delivered.

Secretary Pompeo visited every Islamabad and New Delhi last week. In Islamabad, he met Prime Minister Imran Khan, totally different members of the model new authorities and Navy Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

In New Delhi, he participated inside the Two-plus-Two talks between India and the US. The US navy chief, Gen Joseph Dunford, accompanied him on every the visits.

Alice Wells identifies communication channels the neighbours are already using

Apparently, the two visits weren’t linked nonetheless media tales claimed that Islamabad did ask Mr. Pompeo to convey its need to Indian leaders for restarting talks between the two neighboring states.

“Usually, the US helps dialogue between India and Pakistan which will reduce tensions,” said Ms. Wells, with out confirming or denying if Islamabad had despatched such a message.

“We understand and had frequent conversations with the Indian companions on the expectations that there could possibly be a demonstrable low cost in cross-border terrorism or infiltration that may help create the boldness for dialogue to occur,” she added.

Ms. Wells said the US had moreover welcomed the constructive messages which have been exchanged between Prime Minister Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Mr. Khan’s election and deferred to the two governments on how they could assemble on what was already present buildings.

She moreover acknowledged the channels of communication that the two neighbors have been already using, such due to the dialogue between their nationwide security advisers and the DGMOs, and the people-to-people ties which have been sustained through a bus service.

“And so, that’s if the circumstances is likely to be created for productive bilateral dialog, clearly we might be very supportive,” she said.

Requested if Secretary Pompeo had returned with the impression that Pakistan had the intention to battle terrorism, Ms. Wells said the secretary’s going to Islamabad was a chance to meet the model new civilian administration early in its tenure to “describe the aspirations we have for the bilateral relationship”.

Secretary Pompeo, she said, moreover described to the model new Pakistani administration how the US needs to work with Pakistan to find out stability and a political settlement in Afghanistan.

“And [explained to them] that the character and top quality of our bilateral relations have been clearly going to be a efficiency of whether or not or not we seen Pakistan take vital steps to halt help for the terrorist proxies that perform on its soil.”

Ms. Correctly said that Secretary Pompeo moreover conveyed “our concern that we haven’t seen as a result of the President [Donald Trump’s] announcement of the South Asia method, the kind of decisive steps and sustained steps we contemplate are compulsory to produce the appropriate incentives to steer the Taliban to go to the negotiating desk”, she said.

She added that Secretary Pompeo appreciated the constructive conversations that he had in Islamabad, nonetheless “the emphasis is on seeing movement, previous rhetoric into actions which will be understandable and measurable by the US and all the other 40 nations involved in Resolute Help Mission” in Afghanistan.

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