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India prefers bilateral talks with Pakistan, rejects US role

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Nikki Haley expressed Trump administration’s concern about the US-India ties.

Just hours after the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the US government is keen on taking up the role of a mediator in an effort to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, India has rejected any such intervention stating that the tension with its neighbor is strictly a bilateral issue.

Haley, the Indian American US Ambassador who took over the chair of the UN Security Council for two months, expressed Trump administration’s concern about the US-India ties.

“It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” Haley said responding to a question.

“We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up and so we want to see if we can be a part of that. So I think that will be something that you will see members of the National Security Council participate in, but also wouldn’t be surprised if the President participants in that as well,” she said.

However, India never wants any third-party intervention in the issues with Pakistan and again rejected the role of United States in resolving India-Pakistan tensions.

“Government position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed. We, of course, expect international community and organizations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region beyond,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

Earlier, Trump offered to mediate between India and Pakistan, if both the countries want to resolve the issue. Vice President Mike Pence had also said that Trump’s “extraordinary deal-making skills” could help solve the dispute over Kashmir.