India and Pakistan are seriously in need of couples conselling.
“We are disappointed that the talks didn’t happen. We just encourage India and Pakistan to resume a formal dialogue soon,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said.
Delhi needs to ask itself if it has handled the latest face-off with Pakistan in a way that most serves India’s best interests.
US has said both of the two South Asian neighbours stand to benefit from practical cooperation and an improved relationship.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat welcomed the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks, saying a meaningful dialogue should be initiated to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“India has suspended the dialogue process and now it is New Delhi’s responsibility to resume it,” he said.
Omar was cautious in his reaction to the historic turnout in the first phase of elections in the state.
India and Pakistan have been involved in a war of words after New Delhi cancelled a Foreign Secretary-level meeting in August.
It said Indo-Pak talks were not a substitute to the UN resolutions on Kashmir for plebiscite.
Soon after Basit’s meeting with Shah got over at about 5 pm, Sushma consulted Modi.
Some believe this decision has lent credence to the view of separatists, who see Indo-Pak talks as a futile exercise.
Very unfortunate that government cancelled talks; ‘not a genuine reason’ to call off dialogue: Geelani
India cancelled talks, raising objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan.
Meanwhile, in Male, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh pushed for an enhanced trade cooperation among the SAARC members.
Current account deficit and foreign debt are going up while foreign exchange reserves are depleting.