The US on Wednesday welcomed the steps taken by New Delhi to return the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to full financial and political normalcy according to India’s democratic values.
State Division Spokesperson Ned Worth stated the US, on the identical time, continues to comply with developments in Jammu and Kashmir carefully.
The US coverage with regard to Kashmir has not modified, Worth informed reporters at his every day information convention.
“We welcome steps to return the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to full financial and political normalcy according to India’s democratic values. As we have stated earlier than, Secretary (of State Tony) Blinken has had a pair alternatives to talk to his Indian counterpart, each bilaterally and within the context of the Quad,” Worth stated.
The Quad, comprising India, the US, Australia and Japan, is geared toward making certain a free and open Indo-Pacific, a area that has witnessed growing Chinese language navy assertiveness within the current years.
The US has essential relationships with India, in addition to Pakistan, the spokesperson stated, including “these relationships stand on their very own in our view.”
“They aren’t a zero-sum proposition relating to US international coverage. We have now productive, constructive relations, and productive and constructive relationships with one doesn’t detract from the connection we’ve got on the different. It doesn’t come on the expense of the connection we’ve got with the opposite,” Worth stated.
“Relating to India, we’ve got a worldwide complete strategic partnership, and we have talked about that. Relating to Pakistan, I addressed this the opposite week: We have now essential shared pursuits within the area. And we’ll proceed to work carefully with the Pakistani authorities on these shared pursuits,” he stated in response to a query.
The US continues to assist direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and different problems with concern, Worth stated. “In fact, we have continued to name for a discount of tensions alongside the Line of Management (LoC), returning to that 2003 ceasefire,” he stated.