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US condemns cross-border infiltration in J&K once again

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price: We condemn terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control

The new Joe Biden administration in the United States has once again condemned the cross-border infiltration across the India-Pakistan Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, reiterating that it continues to follow closely all the developments in the region. 

Responding to a question on what Secretary (Antony) Blinken is going to do to ensure or try to ensure that the ceasefire along the LoC maintains, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during his daily press briefing that the US policy towards J&K has not changed. 

"It is true that we have continued to follow very closely developments in Jammu and Kashmir. Our policy towards the region has not changed. We call on all parties to reduce tensions along the Line of Control by returning to the 2003 ceasefire commitments. We condemn terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control. When it comes to how we will support that, we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other areas of concern," Price said.

The US had on Wednesday welcomed the steps taken to restore normalcy in the region.

"We welcome steps to return the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to full economic and political normalcy consistent with India's democratic values. As we've said before, Secretary (of State Tony) Blinken has had a couple opportunities to speak to his Indian counterpart, both bilaterally and in the context of the Quad," Price had said.

He had added that these relationships "stand on their own" in Washington's view.

"When it comes to India, we have a global comprehensive strategic partnership, and we've talked about that. When it comes to Pakistan, I addressed this the other week: We have important shared interests in the region. And we will continue to work closely with the Pakistani authorities on those shared interests," he said.