US CONTINUES TO PUSH DIALOGUE BETWEEN INDIA-PAKISTAN FOR SOLVING KASHMIR ISSUE :

Senator John McCain, who is leading a US Congressional delegation to Islamabad, reiterated Washington’s stand that dialogue is a prerequisite for India and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue. The delegation met Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and discussed bilateral issues, including terrorism, Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan and regional peace, reports Dawn. “Kashmir problem should be resolved in a peaceful way through negotiations,” McCain said, adding that the U.S. has not changed its stand regarding the Kashmir issue. Both sides also came to the agreement that U.S. and Pakistan need to forge closer cooperation in confronting the peace and security challenges in the region and beyond. Aziz conveyed to the US delegation about Pakistan’s success against terrorism through Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad, asserting that the terrorist networks had been dismantled, their sanctuaries eliminated under the overarching National Action Plan.   Rediff.com : 3rd. July,17

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