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US asks Pakistan and India to pursue closer ties

The US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference that the United States wants closer ties between the two neighbouring countries.

“There’s no zero-sum game here,” Toner said responding to a question about the recent remarks by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he made during his 3-day visit to the United States this week.

Asked to comment on Modi’s mentioning of cross-border terrorism during his address to the US Congress, the spokesman refused to say what his projected audience was but did add that there was no zero-sum game here.

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“We need to pursue closer relations with India, with Pakistan, and they need to also pursue closer relations on the security front, certainly, with each other,” the spokesman said, adding that smooth ties between the two would benefit everyone in the region.

Toner said, “We all need to work in a concerted and coordinated fashion to address it, and we’re trying to do so.”

On Friday, a high-level US delegation from the White House also visited Pakistan and did candid discussions on bilateral relations between Pakistan and India, regional security situation and the Afghan peace process in the wake of the US drone strike in Pakistan.



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