"We are engaging with the governments of both India and Pakistan directly through our embassies to talk about this issue, and again, would strongly support efforts by both countries to improve their bilateral relations," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at her daily news conference.
"So it's really up to them to take steps to improve that relationship," Harf added.
India had on Monday called off the talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries scheduled to be held in Islamabad on August 25, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between dialogue and hobnobbing with the separatists.
India cancelled the talks, raising strong objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
Pakistan described the cancellation of the talks as a ‘setback’ to India-Pakistan ties and defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, saying that it was a ‘long-standing practice’ to hold such meetings prior to bilateral parleys.

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