US welcomes India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement, calls it a ‘positive step’ for South Asian stability

The United States welcomes the agreement between India and Pakistan reaffirming their commitment to a ceasefire along the line of control, President Joe Biden's Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Thursda

Arul Louis Feb 26, 2021
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The United States welcomes the agreement between India and Pakistan reaffirming their commitment to a ceasefire along the line of control, President Joe Biden's Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Thursday.

“This is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia, which is an all shared our is in our shared interest and we encourage both countries to keep building upon this progress,” she said at her daily briefing in Washington.

She sad, “The United States welcomes the joint statement between Pakistan, that the two countries have agreed to maintain strict observance of the ceasefire along the line of control starting on February 25.”

Asked whether Pakistan was doing enough to combat terrorism, Psaki did not give a direct reply.

She said, “We remain closely engaged with a range of leaders and officials in the region, including those in Pakistan. But in terms of an assessment of that I would point you to the State Department or the intelligence Department.”

The two neighbours' directors-general of military operations (DGSMO) announced the agreement reaffirming the ceasefire on Thursday.

Their joint statement said that after a “free, frank and cordial” assessment of the situation along the border they agreed "In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence."

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