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US rules out any intervention in bilateral disputes in S Asia

Ruling out any American intervention in regional issues, US on Thursday suggested that south Asian nations should resolve their bilateral disputes "through enhanced engagement". "An US engagement in this regard will only complicate the situation," James F Moriarty, US Ambassador to Bangladesh, said.

world Updated: Jun 25, 2009 17:38 IST

Ruling out any American intervention in regional issues, US on Thursday suggested that south Asian nations should resolve their bilateral disputes "through enhanced engagement".

"An US engagement in this regard will only complicate the situation," James F Moriarty, US Ambassador to Bangladesh, said.

He assured Dhaka that Washington's special engagement with New Delhi would not affect Bangladesh because of his country's "overlapping interests" involving the South Asian nations.

"Whatever we do with India won't be done sacrificing Bangladesh... We have overlapping interests in many areas involving Bangladesh, he told a discussion titled "Engaging South Asia: Obama's South Asia Policy" hosted by security think tank Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BISS).

"We have bilateral relations with other (South Asian) countries also," he said.

Replying to a question on accommodation of Bangladesh's interest in special US-India partnership, the envoy said the strategic ties between his country and New Delhi would also have spin offs for Dhaka.

"India will be less threatening to its neighbours due to Washington's overlapping interests involving the countries in the region," he said.