United States says it continues to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan

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The United States says it continues to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan. (Representative)

Washington:

The United States said on Tuesday it was encouraging India and Pakistan to have a direct dialogue with each other on the issues of concern.

However, the State Department declined to comment on the recent Pakistan Cabinet decision not to import sugar and cotton from India.

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“I wouldn’t want to comment on this specifically,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at his daily press conference.

“What I would say is that we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on matters of concern,” Price said in response to a question.

In an about-face, the Pakistani Cabinet on April 1 rejected the proposal of a very powerful committee to import cotton and sugar from India, with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi saying there cannot be normalization of relations until New Delhi reconsiders its decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

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