US to mediate between Pakistan and India over Kashmir issue

Published: April 4, 2017

UNITED NATIONS: Instead of waiting until “something happens”, the United States on Tuesday said it would try and “find its place” in efforts to de-escalate strains between Pakistan and India, the Hindustan Times reported.

“It’s 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,” the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said while addressing a press conference after assuming the role of President of the Security Council at the United Nations (UN) for April.

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The statement indicates that US President Donald Trump could play a role in such actions and signals a seeming shift in the US attitude of not engaging in Pak-India disagreements, said the newspaper.

Haley said she expects that the [US] administration will assist in talks and try to “find its place to be a part of that [de-escalating tensions].”

“We don’t think, we should wait till something happens,” she told the reporters.

The senior Indian-American member of Trump’s cabinet made the latest remarks when questioned if the US could make efforts to bring Pakistan and India on a table for peace talks as tensions heightened between the neighbouring over Kashmir rises.

“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,” she added.

“So I think that will be something that you will see members of the National Security Council participates in but also wouldn’t be surprised if the president participates in that as well.”

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This is the first time Haley has made statements as a member of Trump’s cabinet addressing tensions between Pakistan and India.

Kashmir has been a troubled valley since the partition of the Subcontinent; both Pakistan and India claim it in full, both governing separate disputed parts. Post-independence from the British, the two neighbouring countries also fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir.

Last December, during an interview with NBC News, US Vice President Mike Pence had also said that Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and resolve problems, including the Kashmir issue.

This article originally appeared on the Hindustan Times.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 4, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Wonder if US is reacting to Pak-Russia-China bloc. Probably is just a statement though.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Apr 4, 2017 - 2:51PM

    Pakistan is the least priority for India right now.Recommend

  • harkol
    Apr 4, 2017 - 2:57PM

    Misleading headline. Where does it say US will ‘mediate’ in ‘Kashmir’ issue? It just says US will try and deescalate tension. Recommend

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Apr 4, 2017 - 3:13PM

    We got our man Haqqani to do all the ‘mediation’ without her help, thank you very much !Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 4, 2017 - 3:19PM

    She did US it will mediate?? It only said will try to deescalate.But this has nothing to do with Pak China Russia so called alliance as said by some one above but is more about nuclear weapons where a demand to abandoned TNU may be forwarded to Pakistan in light of Indian NFU rethinking caused by Pakistani politician who every now and then threatened New Delhi with TNW.Recommend

  • Solat
    Apr 4, 2017 - 3:41PM

    I will request Mr. Modi to please solve the Kashmir issue and lets live like peaceful neighbors. The problem is you people have been denying this fact from last 70 years that kashmir is your internal issue. This is not your internal issue rather it is a burning issue between the two countries. Recommend

  • Menon
    Apr 4, 2017 - 6:08PM

    Nikki Haley believes she has influence because of her heritage. She delusional.

    Rump can’t even deal with ghe congress and the senate and is under investigation by the congress and the senater.

    This another deflection on foreign policy by the Rump admainistration, nothing more.Recommend

  • ToThePoint
    Apr 4, 2017 - 6:37PM

    Nikki Haley is a bit too outspoken for her own good, and now that she has shown her Indian bias, she will fail just as badly as Modi did at the BRICS summit in Goa.Recommend

  • Aleem
    Apr 4, 2017 - 7:37PM

    If you want to play a fair broker, get Modi and government to stop killing Kashmiris first!Recommend

  • MU
    Apr 5, 2017 - 12:16AM

    Force India to let UN organise plebiscite in Kashmir to allow Kashmiris decide their fate and everything will be fine. But unfortunately Satan’s are always working together in the head office of Satan i.e. UN headquarters, reason why long standing disputes like Palestine and Kashmir are never resolvedRecommend

  • ali
    Apr 5, 2017 - 4:01AM

    If US or UN couldn’t resolve this matter since 1947, what do people expect this time. “Failure”.Pakistan india can solve it amongst themselves through dialogue or war.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Apr 5, 2017 - 5:56AM

    India has said no and no means no. Recommend

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