United States officials rarely speak publicly about Kashmir, which India considers a domestic matter. But Pakistan raised the issue vocally at high-level talks with the United States intended at improving the two nations’ uneasy partnership.
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters “We obviously have great concern about the situation in Kashmir,”
He said, “We talk both to our Pakistani friends and our Indian friends on this issue on a regular basis. We would like to see the situation in Kashmir resolved”.
“There is obviously too much tension and violence in Kashmir, which is why we continue to encourage both countries to resolve it through dialogue,”
He said, “The United States policy is clear: We believe that this is ultimately an issue that has to be resolved between India and Pakistan.”
On Friday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, speaks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about remarks by Obama to press him to take up Kashmir when he visits New Delhi.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “His coming visit to the region is the time to begin to redeem the pledge that he made earlier”.
“The Kashmiri mothers are baffled at the deafening silence of the world leadership,” he added.