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US To Support India-Pak Dialogue On Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The United States on Thursday said that will continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other areas of concern.

Ned Price US State Department spokesperson

Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson, at the daily press briefing, said that America’s policy towards Kashmir has not changed.

“We have continued to follow very closely developments in Jammu and Kashmir. Our policy towards the region has not changed. We call on all parties to reduce tensions along the Line of Control by returning to the 2003 ceasefire commitments,” he said at his daily news conference on Thursday.

“We condemn terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control. When it comes to how we will support that, we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other areas of concern,” Price said.

On February 25, the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of both countries held discussions over the established hotline and decided in the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders.

Referring to the discussion between the two DGMOs’, the two sides said they reviewed the situation along the LoC and all other sectors in a “free, frank and cordial atmosphere”.

Renewed Ceasefire

“In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb the peace and lead to violence,” the joint statement said. “Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021.”

It added: “Both sides reiterated that existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilised to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding.”

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