The United States has welcomed the joint statement of India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire alongside the Line of Control and different sectors, saying it’s a optimistic step in the direction of higher peace and stability in South Asia.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki additionally mentioned at her each day information convention on Thursday that the Biden administration stays intently engaged with a variety of leaders and officers within the area, together with these in Pakistan.
“The United States welcomes the joint statement between India and Pakistan that the two countries have agreed to maintain strict observance of a ceasefire along the Line of Control starting on February 25th,” Psaki mentioned.
“This is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia which is in our shared interest and we encourage both countries to keep building upon this progress,” she mentioned when requested concerning the joint statement that introduced India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire alongside the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and different sectors.
Asked if Islamabad is doing sufficient within the struggle in opposition to terrorism, she mentioned, “But in terms of an assessment of that I would point you to the State Department or the Intelligence Department.”
At a separate information convention, State Department spokesperson Ned Price mentioned the administration had referred to as on the events to scale back tensions alongside the LoC by returning to the 2003 ceasefire settlement.
“We have been very clear that we condemn the terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control,” he mentioned.
“When it comes to the US’ role, we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern, and we certainly welcome the arrangement that was announced that will go into effect I should say on February 25,” Price mentioned.
He mentioned Pakistan is a crucial associate with whom the US shares many pursuits. “We, have been clearer in terms of this issue. Obviously, Pakistan has an important role to play when it comes to Afghanistan and what takes place across its other border. So clearly, we will be paying close attention, and we urge the Pakistanis to play a constructive role in all of these areas of mutual interests including in Afghanistan, including with Kashmir including with our other shared interest,” Price mentioned.
The joint statement issued in Islamabad and New Delhi mentioned the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the 2 international locations held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact and reviewed the state of affairs alongside the LoC and all different sectors in a “free, frank and cordial” environment.
“In the curiosity of attaining mutually helpful and sustainable peace alongside the borders, the 2 DGMOs agreed to handle one another’s core points and considerations which have propensity to disturb peace and result in violence.
“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24/25,” the joint statement mentioned.
The two sides additionally reiterated that current mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag conferences will probably be utilised to resolve any unexpected state of affairs or misunderstanding, it added.