US Wants Direct Talks Between Pakistan and India After PM Shehbaz’s Statement

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The United States has expressed its support for direct talks between India and Pakistan, aiming to address concerns and ease tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors. This came after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated his willingness to engage in a dialogue with India.

On August 1st, at a Mineral Summit in Islamabad, PM Shehbaz Sharif stated that he would like to engage in dialogue with India and that there is nothing against anyone.

He emphasized that war was no longer a viable option for the countries and called for serious discussions to move forward.

The relationship between India & Pakistan has been a longstanding issue, with significant tension surrounding the Kashmir dispute and allegations of cross-border terrorism.

The 2019 Incident

In 2019, the diplomatic relations between India and Pak were downgraded when New Delhi revoked the special constitutional status of Indian-administered Kashmir and integrated it with the rest of the country.

The United States has consistently supported direct dialogue between India and Pakistan, advocating for a peaceful resolution to their disputes.

While Pakistan has sought American mediation in the past, India has maintained its preference for handling issues bilaterally.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif highlighted that past wars between the two countries have only resulted in increased poverty and unemployment in the region.

He emphasized the need for economic competition rather than armed conflict to improve the well-being of their people.

India’s Stance – Terrorism Cannot be Normalized

India, on the other hand, has asserted that normal relations with Pakistan can only be achieved if the issue of cross-border terrorism is effectively addressed.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that terrorism cannot be normalized or used as a basis for discussions with Pakistan.

The situation remains complex, and the path to meaningful dialogue may require both nations to be on the same page regarding contentious issues.

The United States’ support for direct talks aims to facilitate constructive discussions and foster a peaceful resolution between the two neighboring countries.

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