On Tuesday, the United States said that it would try and “find its place” in efforts to de-escalating the Indo-Pak tensions and not wait till “something happens,” indicating that President Donald Trump could play a role in such endeavors. “It’s right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between the India and Pakistan and much desires to see how we de-escalate any conflict going forward,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told reporters, signaling an apparent shift in the US stance of not engaging in the Indo-Pak conflicts. Recently, the White House said in a statement that Trump is likely looking forward to hosting PM Narendra Modi later this year.
Ms.Haley, the senior Indian-American member of the Trump Cabinet, said that she expects the administration is proceeding to be in talks and try and “find its place to be the part of the de-escalating tensions.”
“We don’t think, and we should wait till something happens,” Ms.Haley said while addressing the press conference lately after assuming the role of President of the Security Council for April month. She has made the remarks when asked if the US could make any efforts to get India and Pakistan together for the peace talks as tensions between the two neighboring countries have increased.
Ms.Haley said as quoted “We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we see tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up, and so we want to see if we could be a part of that. So I think that will be something that you would see members of the National Security Council participate in, but also would not be surprised if the President participates in that as well,” she added.
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The remarks came are the first time that Ms.Haley, being a member of the Trump Cabinet, has addressed the tensions between India and Pakistan. The former administration under President Barack Obama had maintained that it was a bilateral issue between both the country. The US had also stated that it was for India and Pakistan to determine the scope, pace, and character of talks.
India has ruled out the third party mediation, including by the UN or the US while on talks with Pakistan. Pakistan, on the other side, wants to have interlocutors from both the world body as well as from the Washington to resolve the Kashmir issue.