US says no change in Kashmir policy

US says no change in Kashmir policy


Washington: In a double whammy for Pakistan which is trying to whip up Kashmir issue internationally, both the United States and the United Nations Security Council seem to have rejected Islamabad's efforts to drag India to global multilateral bodies over the abrogation of Article 370.

The US on Thursday reiterated there was no change in its policy on Kashmir and that it was working closely to resolve issues with both India and Pakistan. Washington has maintained that the issue should be solved bilaterally.

We had a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in ASEAN (in Bangkok) and I know that he has had a number of phone calls. He speaks with his counterparts on a daily basis...and pointed out how many State Department officials we have in the region,' the State Department spokesperson,  Morgan Ortagus, told reporters.

'We have a lot of engagement with India and Pakistan. We just have Prime Minister Khan here, not just because of Kashmir, which is certainly an incredibly important issue and something that we follow closely. But we have a host of issues that we work with India and Pakistan quite closely. I would say that we are as a State Department, we are incredibly engaged in South-East Asia.'