WASHINGTON: The US State Department used the term “union territory” while describing India-occupied Jammu and also Kashmir in its news briefing on Wednesday, but it stressed at the same time that Washington’s Kashmir plan remained unchanged.
” We invite steps to return the union territory of Jammu as well as Kashmir to complete economic and also political normality constant with India’s democratic worths,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price informed reporters in respond to a question concerning the contested region.
The United States has consistently acknowledged Jammu and Kashmir as an area disputed between India and Pakistan, urging both to fix this concern via bilateral talks.
But last month, while welcoming the resumption of high-speed internet in the occupied valley, a State Department tweet described the challenged area as “India’s Jammu & Kashmir.”
Islamabad responded without delay to the noninclusion, reminding Washington that the tweet was “inconsistent” with the disputed standing of the area.
” We are let down to note the recommendation to Jammu and Kashmir in the US Department of State’s tweet relating to the resumption of 4G mobile internet in Indian Illegally Inhabited Jammu and also Kashmir (IIOJK),” Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, the representative for the international ministry, informed reporters in Islamabad.
At the Wednesday information rundown, a reporter asked Price if US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had talked about the Kashmir concern when he spoke with his Indian counterpart late last month.
” We remain to adhere to growths in Jammu and also Kashmir very closely. Our policy when it concerns it has actually not transformed. We invite actions to return the union territory of Jammu and also Kashmir to complete financial as well as political normalcy constant with India’s autonomous worths,” the United States main responded.
” As we’ve said in the past, Assistant Blinken has had a couple of possibilities to talk with his Indian equivalent, both bilaterally” and in a larger context.
Price said the United States had “important connections” with both Pakistan as well as India. “These relationships depend on their own in our view. They are not a zero-sum proposal when it pertains to US diplomacy.”
Discussing why Washington wanted to maintain its ties with both the countries, the US official stated: “We have effective and useful relationships with one. It does not interfere with the connection we have with the other. It does not come with the cost of the relationship we have with the other.”
With India, he stated, the USA “has a worldwide extensive calculated collaboration” and also with Pakistan it “has important shared rate of interests in the area”.
” As well as we will continue to work carefully with the Pakistani authorities on those shared rate of interests.”
Asked if Washington no more takes into consideration Kashmir a challenged region, Price claimed: “What we have actually done is we remain to support straight dialogue between India and also Pakistan on Kashmir and also other issues of concern. Naturally, we have actually remained to ask for a decrease of stress along the Line of Control (LoC), going back to that 2003 ceasefire.”
When asked again if Secretary Blinken had discussed the Kashmir problem with his Indian equivalent, the US authorities stated: “I would certainly not want to go beyond the readout” released after their discussion last month.