U.S. wants to see 'better conversation' between India, Pak on Kashmir issue

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 04, 2012 09:41 hrs

Washington: The U.S. has expressed its desire to see the recent "economic warming" between India and Pakistan pave the way to a "better conversation" on the decades-old Kashmir dispute as well.

"We want to see this economic warming extend to other areas," The Nation quoted State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, as saying.

"With regard to our own policy on Kashmir, it hasn't changed. It's been the same for a very long time," Nuland said.

The U.S. recognizes Kashmir as disputed territory, but insists that it should be resolved through a dialogue between India and Pakistan.

"On the broader issue of Kashmir, as I said, we want to see this economic warming now translate into a better conversation on that issue as well," she added.

Nuland lauded the ongoing peace process between the two South Asian nations, especially in the economic field.

"We have said for some time that we applaud the progress that India and Pakistan have made in their dialogue, particularly on the economic side. We are encouraged that they've taken some concrete steps to normalise trade relations, including the recently signed agreement on visa liberalisation. We want to see this economic warming extend to other areas," Nuland added. 

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