US to be part of efforts to de-escalate India-Pak tensions

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The Trump administration will try and“find its place to be a part” of efforts to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, suggesting that President Donald Trump may also participate in the process.
“Its absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” she said while answering a question at a press conference on Monday after the United States assumed the presidentship of the UN Security Council for the month of April.
Ambassador Haley, who is of Indian ancestry, was asked whether the US would make any effort to get India and Pakistan to engage in peace talks.
“I would expect that the (Trump) administration is going to be in talks and try and find its place to be a part of that (process),” she told reporters. “We don’t think we should wait till something happens. We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up, and so we want to see if we can be a part of that,” the US envoy added.
“I think that will be something that you will see members of the (US) national security council participate in, but also wouldn’t be surprised if the president participates in that as well.”
It was the first comment by a member of the Trump administration on the escalating tensions between the South Asian neighbours stemming mainly from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government refusal to resume dialogue with Pakistan to try and settle their outstanding problems.
Meanwhile, responding to suggestions that the US President could mediate in solving the problems between the two neighbours, Indian MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said on Tuesday its position on resolving all issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an atmosphere free of terror hasn’t changed. But India has been cold to the suggestion.
“We of course expect the international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond,” Baglay said.
In the past, too, Pakistan favoured a mediatory role by the US in the Kashmir dispute which India opposed. India has consistently ruled out third party mediation to solve its problems with Pakistan.

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