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US: “Support Constructive Dialogue Between India and Pakistan”

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India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan

The United States on Thursday reiterated that India is its global strategic partner and supports “constructive dialogue” between India and Pakistan to resolve long-standing disputes. Price, however, said the decision is to be made by the two neighboring countries themselves. “We support constructive dialogue. We support diplomacy between India and Pakistan to resolve long-standing disputes. We are a partner and willing to support that process in any way they deem appropriate,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said at a press briefing.

“But ultimately, these are decisions that India and Pakistan must make. It is not for the United States to determine the modalities or how India and Pakistan engage one another,” said Price. Price’s statement came even as Pakistan decided to skip the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) chief justices meeting scheduled for March 10-12 in New Delhi on Thursday.

Pakistan is the only country to boycott the meeting. On ties with India, Price, the US said to India and about India is consistent. “India is a global strategic partner of the US,” he said. “The secretary did have an audience with the PM when he was in Delhi for G20. I am not in a position to detail what was exchanged between them,” said Price. Lies on US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s recent visit to India and his audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Blinken was in India to participate in the G20 Foreign Minister’s Meeting and Raisina Dialogue.

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