Source: News Bharati English13 Oct 2016 10:46:29
Washington, October 13: Supporting India’s stand on surgical strikes on PoK, United States on Wednesday dismissed the Pakistan’s attempt to link Afghanistan peace issue with Kashmir problem. The White House backed the India’s right to self-Defence and called the Uri attack as a clear case of cross-border terrorism.
The White House said that India has the right to defend itself against any other country but cautioned both the nations due to the heavy militarization between the two neighbours. US also said that it is trying its best to ensure India become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) by the end of the current year.
"We share with India, the concern for preventing any future attack. We empathise with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to cross-border threat of terrorism. But we also advise caution," said Peter Lavoy, the White House's point person for South Asia. "We certainly do not believe that the situation in Afghanistan is linked with Kashmir," the top White House official said.
Lavoy made an appearance before a Washinton audience where he said that India-US ties have the most dynamic relationship. He also listed efforts of Obama government to strengthen the relationship between the two largest democracies of the world.
On a question on Uri attack, Lavoy said, "It (Uri) was a clear case of cross-border terrorism. We condemned this act of terrorism. It was a horrific attack. Every country has a right to self-defence. But in a heavily militarized relationship that has also experienced three wars, there is indeed a need for caution and restraint."