The United States welcomed a joint statement between India and Pakistan on maintaining strict observance of a cease-fire along the Line of Control.
“What you have heard me say from this podium and others from this administration say is that we had called on the parties to reduce tensions along the Line of Control by returning to that 2003 cease-fire agreement,” said spokesman Edward Ned Price. He said the United States welcomed the joint statement between India and Pakistan that the two countries have agreed to maintain strict observance of a cease-fire along the Line of Control starting on February 25.
“We encourage continued efforts to improve communication between the two sides and to reduce tensions and violence along the Line of Control,” he said.
While replying to a question, Edward Price said: “Pakistan is an important partner with whom we share many interests.”
“Obviously, Pakistan has an important role to play when it comes to Afghanistan and what takes place across its other border, so clearly, we will be paying close attention, and we urge the Pakistanis to play a constructive role in all of these areas of mutual interests including in Afghanistan, including with Kashmir including with our other shared interest,” he added.