US calls for improvement in India-Pakistan ties


The United States has called for improvement in bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan, expressing concern over nuclear and missile developments in South Asia, saying that a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbours is important.

“We are concerned by nuclear and missile developments in South Asia,” State Department Spokesman said when asked about the recent statement of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, 80, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, that Islamabad has the ability to target New Delhi in five minutes.

“We are concerned by the increased security challenges that accompany growing stockpiles and the increased risk that a conventional conflict between India and Pakistan could escalate to include nuclear use,” the spokesman said. Improvements in India-Pakistan bilateral relations would greatly enhance prospects for lasting peace, stability and prosperity in the region, the official said on Tuesday. -INP

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