The United States welcomed the joint statement by India and Pakistan of strictly abiding by all ceasefire agreements along the Line of Control and in other regions, calling it a positive step towards peace and stability in South Asia.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said in her daily press conference on Thursday that the Biden administration is in touch with leaders and officials of the region, including Pakistan. “The United States welcomes the joint statement of India and Pakistan that both countries have agreed to strictly abide by the ceasefire along the Line of Control and it has come into effect from February 25,” said Saki. India and Pakistan have issued a joint statement agreeing to strictly abide by all ceasefire agreements in the Line of Control and other areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
When asked about this, the press secretary said, “This is a positive step towards peace and stability in South Asia, in which we share common interests.” We encourage both countries to keep this progress. Asked if Pakistan is taking adequate steps in the fight against terrorism, he said, “I will point you to the Foreign Ministry or the Intelligence Department about that assessment.” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a separate press conference that the administration has requested both sides to abide by the 2003 ceasefire agreement to reduce tension on the LoC.
“We condemn the infiltrating terrorists across the Line of Control.” Price said, “Talking about the role of America, we support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other related issues and certainly welcome the agreement, which has come into effect from February 25. . He said that Pakistan is an important ally with which many of America’s common interests are associated.