Ceasefire violations: India and Pakistan need to sit down and talk, says US

Washington: As the cease fire violations between India and Pakistan across the Line of Control continues unabated, United States has urged both countries to sit down and talk.

“We think that both sides would certainly have to sit down and have talks about that,” US State Department’s Spokesperson Heather Nauert said when reminded at a Tuesday afternoon news briefing that cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan has not stopped from the past several weeks.

On Tuesday, The Hindustan Times reported that the Foreign Secretaries of both the countries may come face to face in the ongoing Kabul Process Conference.

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If the two meet, it will be the first ever such meet after the National Security Advisers of the two countries met in Bangkok in December 2017.

Nauert while speaking about the Kabul Conference said the United States would participate in this meeting. “We’re pretty enthusiastic about it, at least in terms of our participation and our long-term hopes for Afghanistan,” she said.

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She added  that although the conference was about Afghanistan, the participants would also talk about “the broader region,” which included both Pakistan and India.

“We look forward to being a part of that meeting.”

On Wednesday, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani reached out to the Taliban and asked them to participate in the peace process in order to ‘save the country’.


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