US Ready To Help India, Pak To Resolve Siachen

US Ready To Help India, Pak To Resolve Siachen

10 April 2012
Rising Kashmir
Lalit K. Jha

Washington DC: In a significant development, United States on Tuesday said the country was willing to help India and Pakistan resolve the Siachen issue. 'We have made clear to both India and Pakistan that we are prepared to be supportive in any way that might be helpful for resolution of Siachen issue. But primarily we see this being settled by dialogue between them,' US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference. She said US has sent a team for search and rescue operation in Siachen where nearly 130 Pakistani soldiers were buried after being hit by an avalanche on Saturday. 'At the request of the government of Pakistan, the US government did deploy an eight-man US military alpine search-and-rescue team from Kabul to Islamabad. They arrived yesterday. The team is currently in Islamabad, has not yet deployed to the region. We're discussing with the Pakistani military how best they might be used,' she said. Meanwhile, Nuland said US was pleased at the decision of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan in near future, saying that expanded and improved engagement is going to help the neighbors and the entire region. 'We are very pleased that Prime Minister Singh and President Zardari had a chance to meet in New Delhi...and that Prime Minister Singh has accepted President Zardari's invitation to visit Pakistan in the near future. As we have said for a long time, we believe that expanded and improved engagement between these neighbors are not only going to help the neighbors, they're going to help the entire region and provide opportunities for millions of citizens in the neighborhood to live in a more secure and stable region, she said. ôSo we applaud, we trend, we hope that India and Pakistan continue to build on this progress, and we look forward to more such meetings,' Nuland said in response to a question. She said improved engagement between the neighbors would help provide more security and stability to millions of people. Zardari visited India on April 8 on a day-long private tour during which he met Singh in New Delhi and then went to Ajmer to offer prayers at the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.