Syed Hameed Shaheen Alvi
Washington – The US said on Tuesday that it would try and “find its place” in efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions and not wait till “something happens”, indicating that President Donald Trump could play a role in such endeavours.
“It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.
Haley, a senior Indian-American member of the Trump cabinet, said she expects that the administration is going to be in talks and try and “find its place to be a part of that (de-escalating tensions)”.
“We don’t think, we should wait till something happens,” she said.
She made the remarks when asked if the US can make any efforts to get India and Pakistan together for peace talks as tensions between the two South Asian neighbours over Kashmir have risen.
“We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up and so we want to see if we can be a part of that,” Haley said.
“So I think that will be something that you will see members of the National Security Council participate in but also wouldn’t be surprised if the President participates in that as well,” she said.
The remarks are the first time that Haley, as a member of the Trump cabinet, has addressed tensions between India and Pakistan.
The previous administration under President Barack Obama had maintained that Kashmir was a bilateral issue between the two South Asian neighbours