US State Department message to both Pakistan and India over Occupied Kashmir conflict

US State Department message to both Pakistan and India over Occupied Kashmir conflict
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ISLAMABAD - United States State Department in a message to both Pakistan and India has said it supports direct talks between India and Pakistan on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, the special status of which was revoked by the Indian government last month by abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution.

A delegation of the US Council of Muslim Organisations (USCMO) met US State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan Affairs Ervin Massinga in Washington this week" where the delegation had reportedly conveyed their 'concern' for the state of Jammu and Kashmir and India 's decision to end its special status of August 5.

The report added that the delegation also urged the United States to play a more direct role in 'easing tensions' between the two nuclear-armed countries, India and Pakistan .

A September 7 tweet by the American Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) read, “The US continues to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern—a message stressed in Deputy Assistant Secretary Massinga’s recent meeting with @USCMO leadership. AGW.”

This comes amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, which were worsened with the abrogation of Article 370 by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government on August 5 this year.

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