US calls for 'meaningful dialogue' between India, Pakistan

State Department spokesperson John Kirby also expressed confidence that Pakistan has kept nuclear arsenals safe from terrorists. Photograph:( Getty )

Washington, United States Oct 07, 2016, 06.18 AM (IST)

The United States on Friday urged India and Pakistan to engage in a "meaningful dialogue" to defuse tension following recent fighting along the Line of Control, the de facto border dividing the two South Asian nations.

Saying that the US' position has not changed on Kashmir, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said, “We want this to be worked out between both sides, the issue of Kashmir. And generally, we obviously want to see the tensions that exist right now be brought down and for dialogue to take its place meaningful dialogue to try to address these issues bilaterally between the countries.”

“We have differences with many countries too, and we continue to try to work through them," Kirby said. 

“That's all we're asking, that's all we're hoping, that's all we're expecting from leaders in India and Pakistan,” he added.

Kirby also expressed confidence in Pakistan's nuclear security, saying Pakistan has kept its nuclear arsenals safe from terrorists. 

'We don't support Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism bill'

Asked if the government would support a bill in the Congress and an online petition that the US should declare Pakistan a 'terrorist state', Kirby said that he “had not seen anything specifically about the such a bill, and obviously we don't".

"What we what I would say is common threat, common challenge in the region, and we're going to continue to work with Pakistan, with Afghanistan to try to address these common threats and challenges, and we've always said that more can be done about the safe havens and that's we're going to, again, try to work as cooperatively as we can to that end," Kirby said.

(WION with inputs from PTI)