Missile incident: US, China calls for direct talks between India-Pak
Missile incident: US, China calls for direct talks between India-Pak

Missile incident: US, China calls for direct talks between India-Pak

The United States and China have called on India and Pakistan to hold direct talks to reduce tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations following the inadvertent launch of a missile on March 9, Dawn reported.

“We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on issues of concern,” a State Department official said Monday when asked if Washington would urge India and Pakistan to hold direct talks on it. recent missile incident and other issues.

Also on Monday, a spokesman for Chinese Foreign Minister Pakistan supported Pakistan’s demand for a joint investigation into the incident and stressed the need for direct talks between the two neighbors on all issues, Dawn News reported.

“We called on relevant countries to have dialogue and communication as soon as possible and to launch a thorough investigation into this incident,” spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing.

He also called on India and Pakistan to “strengthen information sharing and establish a notification mechanism in time to avoid recurrence of such incidents and to prevent miscalculations”.

The Chinese official said Pakistan and India were “both key countries in South Asia, bearing responsibility for maintaining regional security and stability”.

Pakistan has said it was not happy with New Delhi’s “simplistic explanation” and called for a joint inquiry to establish the facts surrounding the incident.

According to India’s Ministry of Defense, a technical fault during a routine maintenance on March 9 led to the unintentional firing of a missile.

It was only later learned that the missile had landed inside Pakistani territory.

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