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WASHINGTON: The US State Department reaffirmed its support for a direct dialogue between India and Pakistan to address bilateral issues.
In a recent press briefing, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller emphasized that support for such communications has been the longstanding US position.
“As we have long said, we support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on issues of concern. That has long been our position,” Miller asserted during the briefing in response to a question about Pakistan’s willingness to engage in talks if India addresses their mutual problems.
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Regarding the upcoming general election in Pakistan, the spokesman refrained from taking any position on behalf of the United States in favor of any particular candidate. This comes amid reports suggesting that the establishment of Pakistan is allegedly trying to disqualify former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is considered a popular leader.
Miller clarified the U.S. stance, saying, “The United States does not take positions on behalf of the United States supporting one or another candidate in other countries. We support free and open and fair elections.”