Senior US officials on Monday did quite a balancing act between New Delhi and Islamabad in addressing each other’s concerns on issues.
The officials maintained that the US aid given to Pakistan is “civilian” in nature and stressed that Islamabad’s role is vital in addressing regional issues.
To please New Delhi, the officials reasserted that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and no third party has any role to play in it.
“The US stance on Kashmir has been very clear. The conflict in Kashmir is part of discussions between India and Pakistan, and not an issue for the US and other countries to take role,” a US government official said.
New Delhi has been expressing concerns that US aid given to Pakistan is used for targeting India. The official emphasised that the US was aware of India’s concerns, but said Washington was asking Islamabad to do more on the counter-terrorism front. “We are constantly talking to Pakistan and asking them to do more (on addressing the issue of terrorism).”