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Terrorists trying to sabotage Pak-India peace efforts: US

WASHINGTON: US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby has said that terrorist groups are trying to sabotage Pak-India efforts and they are sowing doubt in the minds of national leaders by conducting attacks on both sides.

Kirby gave these remarks when a reporter said that whenever Pakistan and India come very close to have talks, dialogue, and meeting at the highest level, some elements try to sabotage these efforts at the last minute.

“It should come as a shock to no one that terrorist groups will try to undermine those sorts of efforts by conducting spectacular attacks – to do exactly that, to sow fear, and to hopefully sow doubt in the minds of national leaders towards a level of cooperation that can have a real – a practical effect. And obviously, we don’t want to see that happen and we’re – we are encouraged by the dialogue that has recently taken place between India and Pakistan, and we’d like to see that continue,” the spokesperson said while talking to reporters on Friday.

He said the United States wanted them to continue to have a dialogue and to continue to look for ways to cooperate against a common threat.

He said the recent conversation between both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his (Indian) counterpart Narendra Modi was a welcome sign, both condemning the terrorist attack on the air station and expressing their shared commitment to fighting terrorism.

“That was not an insignificant discussion that they had, nor was it an insignificant commitment that they made, and it’s exactly the kind of commitment that we want them to continue to make,” Kirby added.

INP

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