US pushes for ‍‍`constructive‍‍` India-Pakistan relations


Published: September 27, 2022, 12:37 PM

US pushes for ‍‍`constructive‍‍` India-Pakistan relations

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said late on Monday he had discussed with his Pakistani counterpart what he called managing a responsible relationship with neighbouring India.

Blinken‍‍`s comments came after India‍‍`s defence and foreign ministers opposed a US decision to provide a support package of about $450 million for Pakistan‍‍`s fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets.

"In our discussions today, we talked about the importance of managing a responsible relationship with India," Blinken said after meeting Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, without elaborating

Asked about the F-16 deal, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that the United States had independent relations with India and Pakistan.

"The relationship we have with India stands on its own; the relationship we have with Pakistan stands on its own," Price told a news conference. "We also want to do everything we can to see to it that these neighbours have relations with one another that are as constructive as possible."

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought three wars, mainly over the Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir.

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