‘Unfortunate’ that Indo-Pak talks have fallen through, says US

India cancelled talks, raising objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: August 19, 2014 1:24 pm
obama The United States said that “we continue to support efforts by India and Pakistan to improve all aspects of their bilateral relations.

The United States has said it was “unfortunate” that the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks have fallen through and asked both the countries to take steps to improve bilateral ties irrespective of what happened.

“It is unfortunate that planned talks between India and Pakistan have fallen through,” US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters on Monday.

“We continue to support efforts by India and Pakistan to improve all aspects of their bilateral relations. And that is a position we will continue making clear to both parties here,” she said in response to a question.

India on Monday called off the talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries scheduled to be held in Islamabad on August 25, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between dialogue and hobnobbing with the separatists.

India cancelled the talks, raising strong objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

Pakistan described the cancellation of the talks as a “setback” to Indo-Pak ties and defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, saying it was a “long-standing practice” to hold such meetings prior to bilateral parleys.

Harf said, “Irrespective of why either side says the  talks were canceled, or why, in fact, they were canceled, what matters now is that both sides take steps to improve their bilateral relations. We’ve been very clear about that directly in conversations with both.”

She asserted that the US policy on Kashmir has not changed.

“We continue to believe that the pace and the scope and character of any discussions on Kashmir are for India and Pakistan to determine between them. That hasn’t changed and that will remain our position going forward,” she said.

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    Subhash Bennur
    Aug 19, 2014 at 10:55 am
    stan is a bankrupt country and unsustainability written all over. Into this boiling couldron mad man Geelani wants to throw J & K people. Hope wisdom dawns on people of Kashmir and they throw out these separatists.
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    Subhash Bennur
    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    There is no unfortunate thing involved in this. All countries must know and understand that stan is an unsustainable country. Sooner it breaks it is better for the world for the simple reason that it is a factory turning out terrorists.
  3. B
    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    If Kashmir becomes a part of stan, kashmiri women loose all freedom under a strict Islamic rule. Indian government should makes this s pitch to Kashmiri women and at the same time try to empower the women there. That way India gets sympathy of the world on their side, as an added advantage.
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    Curious onlooker
    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    The talks should proceed only on concurrence of minds of the two countries involved. If one country behaves in a manner that upsets that unanimity, its action will be perceived by the other as not being in harmony with the spirit. India should not be expected to engage stan in talks merely to satisfy the wishes of third countries.