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US rejects Pak attempt to link Afghanistan & Kashmir

Category: International Published: Thursday, 13 October 2016


Supporting India's "right to self-defence" in the aftermath of the Uri attack, the US on Wednesday dismissed the recent attempt by Pakistan to link peace in war-torn Afghanistan with resolution of the Kashmir issue.

 The White House backed India's right to defend itself as with any other country, in view of the recent surgical strike. 

It also said that that the US is making every effort to ensure that India become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of this year. 

Making a rare appearance before a Washington audience, Peter Lavoy, the White House's point person for South Asia, said that India-US ties are the "most dynamic relationship"for the US as he listed the Obama administration's achievements in strengthening the relationship between the two largest democracies of the world. 

Last week, Lavoy met the two special envoys of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir. The two Pakistani envoys in their public meetings had linked peace in Afghanistan to resolving the Kashmir issue.