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‘Pak has an important role to play in Kashmir and Afghanistan’: US welcomes LoC truce

Urging Pakistan to continue playing a constructive role in Kashmir and Afghanistan, the US has welcomed a border truce between India and Pakistan on Line of Control and an international border in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have been very clear that we condemn the militants who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

He said that the US welcomed the joint statement by military officials of India and Pakistan to observe the ceasefire along the LoC and added, “We encourage continued efforts to improve communication between the two sides and to reduce tensions and violence along the Line of Control.”

Acknowledging that Pakistan is an important partner of the US, he said that Washington will be paying close attention to it and urged Pakistan to play a constructive role in Kashmir.

“Pakistan is an important partner with whom we share many interests. We, as I said, have been clear in terms of this issue.”

He added, “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 interest, including in Afghanistan, including with Kashmir, including with our other shared interests.”

Pressed by a reporter if the Biden administration had played a “role in helping broker this new ceasefire agreement”, Price discounted the suggestion of direct US involvement, saying, “When it comes to the US role, we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern”.

The director-general of military operations of two South Asian neighbours announced the agreement reaffirming the ceasefire on Wednesday.

Their joint statement said that after a “free, frank and cordial” assessment of the situation along the border they agreed “In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb the peace and lead to violence.”

Earlier, President Joe Biden’s Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the US welcomed the agreement as “a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia.

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