We welcome Imran Khan's words on peace on both sides of the border: US

WION Web Team
Washington, DC, USA Published: Aug 21, 2018, 07:17 AM(IST)

File photo of Imran Khan. Photograph:( Reuters )

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prime minister Narendra Modi in a letter to PM Imran Khan said that India was committed towards "meaningful" and "constructive" engagement with Islamabad.

As Imran Khan's Cabinet was sworn-in on Monday, the US urged Pakistan to "do more on terror and create pressure against terror groups" even as it welcomed the new Pakistan government.

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"We welcome Imran Khan's words when he discussed the importance of having peace on both sides of border," US principal deputy assistant secretary of state for south and & central Asia, said, referring to peace with India.

"We look forward to working with the new Pakistan government. We urge them to do more and create pressure against terror groups," the US deputy assistant secretary said.

Pakistan's newly-appointed foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said on Monday that  Kashmir remains an issue and it needed to be acknowledged. Addressing reporters, foreign minister Qureshi said: "We need uninterrupted dialogue with India and need to engage."

"I want to tell the Indian foreign minister that we are not just neighbours, we are atomic powers. We have a lot of common resources,"  Qureshi had said.

Meanwhile, prime minister Narendra Modi in a letter to PM Imran Khan said that India was committed towards "meaningful" and "constructive" engagement with Islamabad. The Indian prime minister said he hoped for good neigbourly relations between the two countries.

In his first speech after winning the July 25th elections, Imran had said: "If India takes one step towards us, we will take two."

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