WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday reiterated its call for nuclear-tipped neighbours Pakistan and India to resume dialogue to resolve issues, adding that America wanted to see tensions decrease between the two Subcontinent countries.
During the daily press briefing, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday that the US wanted to see the tensions between Pakistan and India decrease.
“What Secretary (John) Kerry has said repeatedly is that he wants the two nations to continue to work together with constructive dialogue to resolve their issues.”
He added that while there were longstanding issues between Pakistan and India, what the two countries really needed to do was to sit “down, dialogue, cooperation, talking through these things, and trying to work through some meaningful solutions.”
Asked about talk of tactical nuclear weapons being deployed, Kirby said that such speculation will not do anything to help decrease tensions.
Afghanistan’s neigbours need to play constructive role
Asked about the worsening condition in Afghanistan and the role of its neighbours, Kirby said that they wanted the war-torn country to be a good neighbor in the region.
He added that the US wanted to see Afghanistan’s neighbours like China to play a constructive role in that country.
“I think everybody in the international community could benefit from an Afghanistan that is secure and stable and prosperous.”
China has recently stepped up its role as a mediator in the talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
“Our message to the other partners is the same as it’s always been, which is we want to make sure that we’re all pulling on the same oars here to get Afghanistan to that better future.”
Responding to another question, Kirby said that Afghanistan was so caught in the throes of violence that no one had talked about a violence-free Afghanistan.
“Obviously, what we want to see and what we’ve been working toward for going on 15 years now, or close to it, is an Afghanistan that is secure and stable, a good neighbor in the region, and prosperous. And that remains the goal.”
Kirby said that that the way that gets done is by “healthy, strong institutions inside Afghanistan, to include security forces.”
“Nobody’s under any illusion of how difficult that’s going to be, and President Ghani – back to institution-building – has been working very hard at this to try to strengthen Afghan institutions for just such an end.”