"Well, we are concerned about any violence along the line of control. We continue to encourage the governments of India and Pakistan to engage in further dialogue to address these issues," State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki said on Monday.

"Our policy on Kashmir has not changed. We still believe that the pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan's dialogue on Kashmir is for those two countries to determine," she said in response to a question.

Relationships in the region was a part of the discussion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi two days stay in Washington last week.

Five villagers were killed and 34 injured on Indian side in heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch sectors on Monday, triggering strong condemnation by India.

This was the 11th ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir during last four days. There have been seven ceasefire violations along Line of Control in Poonch and four along International Border in Jammu.

Pakistan also lodged a "strong" protest with India yesterday over the alleged ceasefire violations along the border, killing four persons.

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