Washington: The United States, the United Nations and the European Nations have welcomed the announcement by the militaries of India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire alongside the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and different sectors, and hoped that it might result in higher peace and stability in South Asia.
In a major transfer to ease pressure, India and Pakistan on Thursday (February 25) stated they’ve agreed to strictly observe all agreements on the ceasefire alongside the Line of Control (LoC) and different sectors.
Reacting to the event, the US stated it considered the ceasefire settlement as a optimistic step in direction of higher peace and stability in South Asia.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the President Joe Biden administration stays carefully engaged with a variety of leaders and officers within the area, together with these in Pakistan.
“The United States welcomes the joint statement between India and Pakistan that the two countries have agreed to maintain strict observance of a ceasefire along the Line of Control starting on February 25th,” Psaki stated.
“This is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia which is in our shared interest and we encourage both countries to keep building upon this progress,” she stated when requested in regards to the joint assertion that introduced India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire alongside the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and different sectors.
At a separate information convention, State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated the administration had known as on the events to scale back tensions alongside the LoC by returning to the 2003 ceasefire settlement.
“We have been very clear that we condemn the terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control,” he stated.
“When it comes to the US’ role, we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern, and we certainly welcome the arrangement that was announced that will go into effect I should say on February 25,” Price stated.
He stated Pakistan is a crucial companion with whom the US shares many pursuits.
“We have been clearer in terms of this issue. Obviously, Pakistan has an important role to play when it comes to Afghanistan and what takes place across its other border. So clearly, we will be paying close attention, and we urge the Pakistanis to play a constructive role in all of these areas of mutual interests including in Afghanistan, including with Kashmir including with our other shared interest,” Price stated.
At the United Nations, the spokesman for the UN chief, Antonio Guterres stated the Secretary General welcomed the transfer of India and Pakistan and hoped that it’s going to present a chance for additional dialogue.
“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the joint statement issued by the militaries of India and Pakistan on their agreement to observe the ceasefire at the Line of Control in Kashmir and engaging through established mechanisms,” Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN chief, stated on the every day press briefing on Thursday.
“He hopes that this optimistic step will present a chance for additional dialogue,” Dujarric stated.
President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir tweeted that he “wholeheartedly” welcomes the ceasefire settlement between India and Pakistan.
“Their stated commitment to achieve sustainable peace through addressing each other’s core issues and concerns sets an example for other countries and demonstrates #UNGA values,” he stated within the tweet.
— Volkan BOZKIR (@volkan_bozkir) February 25, 2021
In response to a query on whether or not the Secretary-General plans to speak to the leaders of India and Pakistan, Dujarric stated, “There’s no plan that I’m aware of, but the Secretary General is always available for his good offices… Between any Member States who would request it.”
Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) on Friday welcomed the ceasefire settlement reached between India and Pakistan.
Nabila Massrali, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, EU, tweeted: “The EU welcomes the settlement between India and Pakistan to look at a strict ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir and to interact via the established mechanisms.
India / Pakistan: The EU welcomes the settlement between India & Pakistan to look at a strict ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir & to interact via the established mechanisms.
An essential step within the curiosity of regional peace & stability on which to additional bilateral dialogue.
— Nabila Massrali (@NabilaEUspox) February 26, 2021
“An important step in the interest of regional peace and stability on which to further bilateral dialogue.”
The choice on the ceasefire, efficient since Wednesday midnight, was taken at a gathering between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan.
The DGMOs held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact and reviewed the state of affairs alongside the Line of Control and all different sectors in a “free, frank and cordial atmosphere”, a joint assertion issued by the 2 nations stated on Thursday.
“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24/25,” it stated.