‘We won’t push India for resuming talks with Pak’, says HolbrookeApril 8th, 2009 - 7:05 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 8 (ANI): President Barack Obama’s Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, clarified on Wednesday that he would not press India for resuming peace talks with Pakistan.
Addressing a joint press briefing in New Delhi with Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Holbrooke said, “We did not come here to ask India to do anything.”
Holbrooke, during his recent visit to Pakistan had said: “Washington cannot negotiate between the two countries, they should normalise mutual ties.”
Holbrooke’s statement came as a relief to the Indian leadership, which has been concerned over Washington’s intentions to mediate between Pakistan and India in view of improving the relations between the two nations, which were strained after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Holbrooke, however, acknowledged that the center of terrorism threat lies in Pakistan.
“For the first time since partition,” the national interests of the three countries (India,U.S.,Pakistan) are at stake over a single issue, Holbrooke said.
Holbrooke also said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai would remain in office between terms as the nation elects a new leader. He said India was critical in helping to resolve the conflicts in the region.
“We can’t settle issues like Afghanistan without India’s full involvement,” he said. “India’s Afghanistan aid program parallels U.S. priorities.”
Meanwhile, Admiral Mullen also maintained that India’s role in supplementing US efforts to defeat terrorism was considered vital.
“India is a vital leader in the region…the role that India plays is absolutely critical.” Admiral Mullen said. (ANI)
- Mullen's comments on ISI's role in Afghanistan not new: PM - Sep 27, 2011
- Karzai in India next week, focus on ISI's role - Sep 28, 2011
- Mike Mullen, Holbrooke on way to India - Jul 20, 2010
- India not pushed on ties with Pakistan, consulted on Af-Pak: Holbrooke (Roundup) - Apr 08, 2009
- US has no choice but to "stay engaged" with ISI despite reservations : Mullen - Jul 23, 2010
- 'Larger than life': U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke dead at 69 - Dec 14, 2010
- Mullen arrives in Islamabad to iron out US-Pak differences - Apr 20, 2011
- US not pressuring India on ties with Pakistan: Holbrooke (Lead) - Apr 08, 2009
- Pakistan is 'epicentre' of global terrorism: US - Jan 13, 2011
- US commander to talk anti-terror cooperation with India - Jul 23, 2010
- US wants change in ISI's 'strategic approach' (Lead) - Jul 24, 2010
- 'Keeping India out, far greater Pak priority than supporting US' Afghan goals' - Jul 16, 2010
- Holbrooke seeks India's view on US AF-PAK strategy - Apr 08, 2009
- Afghanistan seeks Indian equipment for security forces (Roundup) - May 01, 2012
- Kashmir issue is for India and Pakistan to resolve: Mullen - Apr 21, 2011
Tags: admiral mike mullen, admiral mullen, afghanistan, barack obama, chiefs of staff, conflicts, hamid karzai, holbrooke, India, indian leadership, joint chiefs of staff, national interests, New Delhi, pakistan, partition, peace talks, priorities, stake, terrorism threat, ties