US Urges Pakistan to Take Action Against Terror Safe Havens

The US asked India and Pakistan to engage in talks to reduce tensions.

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US asked India and Pakistan to engage in talks to de-escalate tensions. (Photo: Reuters)

The United States (US) has called for dialogue between India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions in security interests of the region, saying it does not want to see “tensions spiralling out of control” and lead to “some kind of incident”.

The US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner spoke about the issue to reporters on Thursday at his daily news conference and said:

We strongly encourage in all of our dealings with either India and/or Pakistan stronger relations between the two countries. It’s clearly in the security interests of the region that they work to de-escalate tensions and that they have dialogue.

“It is important for the two countries, the two governments to maintain strong, cordial, and productive relations,” Toner said in response to a question seeking his reaction on American Senators’ remarks that the US should play the role of a mediator between Pakistan and India.

The US, he said, wants Pakistan to take more action against terrorist network.

Our discussions continue to focus on the fact that we are urging the Government of Pakistan to take concerted action against safe havens and terrorist groups that threaten other countries in the region and we have been very clear about that.
Mark Toner

“And we have seen them attempt to address it. We want to see more action taken, but it continues to be a topic of conversation with them,” he added.

Toner said America’s relationship with India and Pakistan is not a zero-sum game. “We need to have a very strong and robust relationship with India and we do – the world’s largest democracy,” he said.

“We also want to have a strong relationship with Pakistan. It’s in the interests of the region to do so. The recent India and Bangladesh visit of the Secretary of State (John Kerry) and not going to Pakistan should not be treated otherwise,” Toner said.

“It doesn’t clearly indicate anything about our relationship with Pakistan. The Secretary has a very intense travel schedule. He’s been to Pakistan recently,” he said.

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