The United States on Wednesday welcomed the steps taken by New Delhi to return the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to full financial and political normalcy in line with India’s democratic values.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price mentioned the US, on the similar time, continues to comply with developments in Jammu and Kashmir carefully.
The US coverage with regard to Kashmir has not modified, Price instructed reporters at his every day information convention.
“We welcome steps to return the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to full economic and political normalcy consistent with India’s democratic values. As we’ve said before, Secretary (of State Tony) Blinken has had a couple opportunities to speak to his Indian counterpart, both bilaterally and in the context of the Quad,” Price mentioned.
The Quad, comprising India, the US, Australia and Japan, is geared toward guaranteeing a free and open Indo-Pacific, a area that has witnessed growing Chinese army assertiveness within the latest years.
The US has vital relationships with India, in addition to Pakistan, the spokesperson mentioned, including “these relationships stand on their own in our view.”
“They are not a zero-sum proposition when it comes to US foreign policy. We have productive, constructive relations, and productive and constructive relationships with one does not detract from the relationship we have at the other. It does not come at the expense of the relationship we have with the other,” Price mentioned.
“When it comes to India, we have a global comprehensive strategic partnership, and we’ve talked about that. When it comes to Pakistan, I addressed this the other week: We have important shared interests in the region. And we will continue to work closely with the Pakistani authorities on those shared interests,” he mentioned in response to a query.
The US continues to help direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and different problems with concern, Price mentioned. “Of course, we’ve continued to call for a reduction of tensions along the Line of Control (LoC), returning to that 2003 ceasefire,” he mentioned.