US welcomes India-Pak talks in Bangkok

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015,10:35 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | The US has welcomed the weekend NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan in Bangkok observing that normalisation of relations between the two South Asian neighbours is vital to both countries and the region. We welcome reports of the meeting between Indian and Pakistani officials. We support any and all positive steps Indian and Pakistan can take to reduce tensions, engage in dialogue, and forge closer relations, a State Department spokesperson said.

The normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan is vital to both countries and the region, the spokesperson said when asked about the talks between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan in Bangkok. The talks that lasted for four hours was attended by the foreign secretaries of the two countries.

The State Department also welcomed that Pakistan is hosting the Heart of Asia Summit this week in Islamabad, which among others would be attended by the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, and the Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani. We are pleased that Pakistan is hosting the Heart of Asia Summit.We are also encouraged that President Ghani, Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj, and other senior officials will be attending, the official said.

The meeting is an opportunity for the United States and all participating countries to discuss our shared commitment to a stable, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan, the spokesperson said in response to a question. The Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson will represent the United States in the fifth meeting of the Heart of Asia process in Islamabad on Tuesday.

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