Talks began on Tuesday to discuss tensions with Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker began talks with the Indian government on Tuesday to boost business ties, and to diffuse tensions with Pakistan via dialogue over the disputed region of Kashmir. Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Monday for the annual U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue after a day-long stop in Bangladesh where discussions were held over increasing number of terrorist attacks.
Tensions with Pakistan, situation in Indian-held Kashmir and concern over Afghanistan will be raised in talks today with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, and with Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday. Kashmir will hold the center stage during these talks. Dozens of people have been killed, a curfew imposed, and violent measures being taken against innocent Kashmiris since July 8, when Indian forces killed Burhan Wani, a freedom fighter celebrated as a hero by the local Kashmiris.
New Delhi rejected Islamabad’s invitation to hold talks on the future of Jammu and Kashmir. A senior State Department official said that Kerry will encourage dialogue between the two arch-rivals in order to reduce tensions with Pakistan. He said,
We have a long-standing policy of encouraging and advocating for great dialogue between the two countries on addressing areas of difference, and that continues to be our position. But we have also underscored that combating terrorism is a high priority for the United States in its bilateral relations with all of the countries in the region.
Along with improving business ties between India and the U.S., the situation in Afghanistan will also be addressed given expanding ties between Afghanistan and India. India, in the last fifteen years, provided a little over $2 billion in economic assistance to Afghanistan. New Delhi will provide Kabul with more arms in the following few years.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.