"We're concerned about any violence, as always, along the Line of Control," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday when asked about tension on the LoC following the killing of five Indian soldiers in an ambush. (Agencies)
"We understand that the governments of India and Pakistan are in contact over the issue, and we continue to encourage, of course, further dialogue, and we think that is the best step to resolve," she said.
When asked whether Kashmir issue should be included in the India-Pakistan policy, Psaki repeated as she did on Tuesday that the US "policy has not changed."
"We still believe that these discussions and negotiations should take place with a dialogue between India and Pakistan," she said in response to question whether India should take action against Pakistan over the attack on Indian soldiers.
When asked if the tension with India would distract Pakistan's attention from the fight against al-Qaeda and other terror outfits, Psaki said, "Well, we're encouraging them to continue their dialogue, and we're hopeful that it will take place. Beyond that, I'm not going to look into a crystal ball."
She also added that US has "a great deal of cooperation on counterterrorism of all kinds with Pakistan, and that will continue."
However, Psaki would not spell out the kinds of cooperation US has with Pakistan nor would she give an evaluation of the cooperation extended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government on terrorism in the region.
"Certainly counterterrorism was a part of (that) discussion during Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to Islamabad. But we'll continue to work with them, and I can't give you an evaluation quite yet as the Sharif government is too new,” she said.
"We're concerned about any violence, as always, along the Line of Control," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday when asked about tension on the LoC following the killing of five Indian soldiers in an ambush.