US irks over Pak, In­dia peace talks’ can­cel­la­tion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The United States said on Sun­day it was 'dis­ap­pointed' over the can­cel­la­tion of sched­uled talks be­tween the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers (NSAs) of Pak­istan and In­dia.

"We are dis­ap­pointed the talks will not hap­pen this week­end and en­cour­age In­dia and Pak­istan to re­sume for­mal di­a­logue soon," US State Depart­ment spokesper­son John Kirby said.

The spokesper­son con­tin­ued that the 'con­struc­tive in­ter­ac­tion' be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his In­dian coun­ter­part Naren­dra Modi in Ufa, Rus­sia, had been en­cour­ag­ing. "We were en­cour­aged by the con­struc­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the lead­ers of In­dia and Pak­istan ear­lier this year at Ufa, par­tic­u­larly the an­nounce­ment of di­a­logue be­tween the coun­tries' na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers," Kirby said.

The sched­uled talks be­tween the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers (NSAs) of the two neigh­bours were called off just hours be­fore Sar­taj Aziz, the prime min­is­ter's ad­viser of na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign af­fairs, was set to fly to New Delhi.

In­dia's in­tran­si­gence is to blame for the can­cel­la­tion of the meet­ing be­tween Aziz and his In­dian coun­ter­part Ajit Do­val which was agreed upon by the prime min­is­ters of the two coun­tries in their meet­ing on the side­lines of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Rus­sian city of Ufa last month. -APP

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