WASHINGTON – The United States continue to encourage dialogue between Pakistan and India and welcome any and all positive steps the two sides can take to strengthen and deepen their dialogue and cooperation.
This was stated by State Department’s deputy spokesperson Marie Harif while replying to several questions by Indian journalists about the allegations leveled by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Pakistan for ‘proxy war’ over the border.
Regarding the long march, the deputy spokesperson said they don't have any position on the planned marches and stand strongly in favour of a democratically-elected civilian government. However, she said that individual rights including people to assemble peacefully should be respected.
About kidnapping of US citizen Warren Weinstein, she said that the US continue to work actively with Pakistani authorities to try to secure his release.