On Friday, the United States has said that there is no changes in its policy over the issue of Kashmir, urged Pakistan and India to maintain peace and calm.
When enquired if there has been any changes in the US’s Policy over the issue of Kashmir, the State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus replied: “No”.
The United Policy has been that Kashmir is basically a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India, therefore, it is to the neighbouring countries to decide on the pace and scope of discussion over the issue.
“And if there was, I certainly wouldn’t be announcing it here, but no, there’s not,” said Ms. Ortagus in replying to a follow up question.
She continued that the US’s supporting dialogue between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.
“It’s something that we’ve called for calm and restraint by all parties. We want to maintain peace and stability, and we, of course, support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” added Ms. Ortagus.
On Monday, India had decided to remove Article 370 to take away “special status” to Jammu and Kashmir, and divide the state into two seperate Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.
She claims that the United States was closely working with the two South Asian nations, adding that “we have a lot of engagement with India and Pakistan. Obviously, we just had Prime Minister Khan here, not just because of Kashmir. That’s certainly an incredibly important issue and something that we follow closely. But we have a host of issues that we work with India on quite closely and that we work with Pakistan on quite closely.”
Last week, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Bangkok.
She continued that the United States was closely monitoring the situation prevails in the state.
Earlier, Ms. Ortagus repeated that the United States wasn’t consulted and informed by India about the plan to eliminate Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution.
She was quoted saying, “There was no heads up given.”
The United States Administration’s Policy has been to encourage Pakistan and India to resolve their distinction via dialogue.
President Donald Trump’s Administration has asked that Pakistan need to create favorable conditions for discussion by taking permanent and decisive actions against terrorist outfits operating from its homeland.
Meanwhile, the Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells, and another senior US diplomat is heading to India.
This visit was pre-scheduled but would be used to discuss the current issue over Article 370 Scrapping, said Ms. Ortagus.