US wants more dialogue between India, Pakistan
Amid the US push for resumption of Indo-Pak talks, US Under Secretary of State William Burns today held talks with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon who is believed to have conveyed India's disappointment over Pakistan's inaction against perpetrators of 26/11 attacks.delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2009 01:16 IST
The four-day visit of the US Undersecretary of State William Burns is likely to focus on bringing India and Pakistan back to the negotiating table.
Burns conveyed this message on Wednesday to External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.
The Burns’ mission was earlier articulated by US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly in Washington, saying Burns would pitch for the resumption of dialogue between the two neighbours.
“We would support more dialogue between the two countries. I’m sure that Undersecretary Burns will talk about this issue among the many issues that he has on his agenda,” Kelly said.
Kelly, however, made it clear that the US did not plan to appoint a special envoy for Kashmir. He said, “There are no plans to that effect.”
Foreign ministry Officials, however, conveyed India’s disappointment over Pakistan’s inaction against the perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks, especially the release of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba founder Hafiz Saeed.
They stressed New Delhi’s stand that Pakistan had to take the first step towards the negotiating table. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, too, reiterated this point in his speech in Parliament on Tuesday.
Accompanied by US Assistant Secretary for South Central Asia Robert Blake, Burns described the civil nuclear agreement as a major “accomplishment” and said he was convinced “that there is a great deal we can do together”.
Burns also met Home Minister P Chidambaram and was expected to meet the PM and National Security Adviser MK Narayanan on Thursday.
The talks also focused on firming up a comprehensive agenda for the forthcoming visit of Hillary Clinton to India next month.