Tuesday, 16 November 2010

US envoy says Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan

US envoy says Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Echoing the recent comments made by President Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer, urged India to restart dialogue process with Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a seminar, Roemer asserted increased communication between the two restive neighbours was in the best interests of both nations.

On Kashmir being excluded from the UN list of unresolved disputes, Roemer said it was an "internal issue" of India and should be resolved bilaterally through negotiations with Pakistan.

"This is an internal issue for India. It is a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India, to discuss term, scope, character and pace," he added.

Roemer also revealed that the US was working towards making India a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

"He (Obama) is unequivocally and fervently in favour of India having a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations. It was one of the many highlights of the President's visit to India to make this historic announcement. We applaud that and now we will be working to see that happens," Roemer. (ANI)

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