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Pressure Pakistan to end support for terrorist groups: US expert

IANS  |  Washington 

As the US again voiced its expectation that would thoroughly probe the terrorist attack on an base, an expert asked to unequivocally pressure to end support for terrorist groups.

The US was committed to peace between India and and wanted them to continue talks to resolve issues between them bilaterally despite the attack on the Pathankot base, US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters Monday.

"We're committed to that end (peace), to that goal, and we have been for a long time," he said. "These are tough issues, and these are some very complicated relationships."

Secretary of State John Kerry had called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday, Kirby said. "They talked a lot about this issue of the pressing need to stay focused on not just in but in the region."

Kerry, he said, also "stressed that it's obviously United States' interest that India and continue to look for ways to work better work better together on concerns but to reduce the tensions between the two countries."

Asked if Kerry had told Sharif that scheduled foreign secretary level talks between India and should continue despite the attack, Kirby said they had talked about it.

"He certainly, as I said, encouraged India and to work bilaterally to continue discussions and to try to work through these problems."

"Yes, this was a topic of discussion," he said. "It's one we're having at multiple levels here, as you might imagine, at the State Department diplomatically, not just at the Secretary's level."

Asked if Kerry had any feedback about the state of investigation by Pakistan, Kerry repeated that the US was "encouraged by the fact that the Pakistani Government condemned the attack and said that they would investigate."

"Our expectation is that investigation will be thorough and complete and as transparent as possible," he said. "But in terms of its progress and where they are, you'd have to talk to Pakistani authorities on it.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations said in a commentary the US does not play a role in India-bilateral talks. "But can certainly take steps to help prevent spoilers from once again disrupting a dialogue process that deserves every chance to succeed," she wrote.

"The single most useful thing the United States can do is to unequivocally pressure to end support for terrorist groups - not just some, but all - that destabilize India and the region," Ayres wrote.

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First Published: Tue, January 12 2016. 10:36 IST