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US NSA to visit Pak days after cancellation of its talks in India

world Updated: Sep 02, 2015 09:46 IST
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The United States national security adviser, Susan E Rice, will discuss the regional security situation as she arrives in Pakistan on Sunday on a day-long visit, Dawn reported.

Rice’s visit comes days after talks between the national security advisers of India and Pakistan were called off because of disagreements related largely to Kashmir. Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire on Friday, leaving nine civilians dead and another 63 wounded.

Rice, accompanied by a high-level delegation, will hold talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the military leadership, including Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, according to the report.

Expressing disappointment at the cancellation of the proposed talks between India and Pakistan, the United States had the two nations to resume formal dialogue soon.

“We are disappointed that the talks will not happen this weekend and encourage In¬¬dia and Pakistan to resume formal dialogue soon,” state department spokesman John Kirby had said.

The Afghan peace talks were also suspended in the region recently after news of Mullah Omar's death surfaced. The subject may come up for discussion during Rice’s visit, the Dawn reported.