The United States said India and Pakistan need to work with each other to resolve their bilateral problems, noting that they have always encouraged the two neighbors to build more stable relations in the future.
“With regard to India and Pakistan, I would just like to point out that we are firmly convinced that the problems of India and Pakistan are the problems that they must solve among themselves,” said the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Affairs. Asia Dean Thompson told reporters during a conference. call Friday.
“We are pleased to see that the ceasefire that was concluded earlier this year has remained unchanged, and we certainly always encourage them to continue their efforts to find ways to build more stable relations in the future,” Thompson said in response to the question.
Relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated sharply after New Delhi canceled the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, 2019 and divided it into two union territories. The two neighbors signed a ceasefire agreement earlier this year.
On the issue of Afghanistan, the acting assistant secretary of state said the US expects all countries in the region to have a common interest in a stable and secure Afghanistan in the future.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken plans to visit India next week, during which Afghanistan will be the main topic of discussion.
“We will certainly be discussing with our Indian partners how we can work together to achieve this goal, find ways to bring the parties closer together and continue to seek a negotiated settlement to end the long-standing war,” Thompson said.