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Poll| Pak PM gets little from US: Will this weaken his position?

US has said that it is not negotiating a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan neither will Washington involve itself in the Kashmir issue unless both India and Pakistan together asked for it. Does this weaken Sharif’s position?

world Updated: Oct 24, 2015 11:19 IST
President Barack Obama meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.
President Barack Obama meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP)

US has said that it is not negotiating a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan neither will Washington involve itself in the Kashmir issue unless both India and Pakistan together asked for it.

This was stated by a US official shortly after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with President Barack Obama at White House on Thursday.

“Let me state categorically we have not entered into negotiations on a 123 agreement (a US legal requirement for any nuclear deal) with Pakistan, nor are we seeking an exception for Pakistan within the Nuclear Suppliers Group in order to facilitate civil nuclear exports,” the official said.

He said news reports of the US discussing with Pakistan a civilian nuclear deal similar to the one signed with India almost 10 years ago were “completely false”.

On long time Pakistani efforts to involve the US in Kashmir, Sharif was told that won’t happen unless both India and Pakistan asked for it together. As of now, the US considers it a bilateral issue.

Sharif, however, managed to key in Kashmir on the US-Pakistan joint statement on his current bilateral visit to America, a tour closely watched by India.

Read | No Pakistan nuclear deal, Kashmir mediation: US

Do you think this will weaken Sharif’s position?