“The US was concerned about any violence, as we always are along the Line of Control (in Kashmir)," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters on Monday, when asked about tension between the two nations following the killing of five Indian soldiers.

"We continue to press and hope that India and Pakistan will continue the steps they have recently taken to improve their bilateral relations. Beyond that, I don't have anything further except to reiterate what we've always said, that they need to keep taking steps to improve trust and improve their relationship," she said.

In response to another question about Kashmir, the spokesperson said, "We believe, as we always have, that the pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan's dialogue on Kashmir is for those two countries to determine.

"These are discussions that happen in those two countries among their own two governments, and that's the appropriate place for that determination to be made," she added.

Asked about the possibility of a war between India and Pakistan, Harf said, "I don't want to venture a guess hypothetically at what might - as to what might happen next. I noted that we hope they will continue the steps that we have seen recently to improve their bilateral relations," Harf said.


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