April 2001 News

US welcomes Indian peace initiative

7 April 2001
The Pioneer

Washington DC: The United States has welcomed the latest Indian peace initiative to hold political dialogue with Kashmiris and pledged to encourage all groups to take advantage of the offer even as New Delhi urged Washington not to treat Kashmir issue as a "territorial dispute". External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh - who had an unscheduled 40-minute meeting on Friday with President George W Bush at the Oval Office indicative of his administration's desire to carry forward the momentum in Indo-US relations - made it clear to Washington that New Delhi was opposed to trilateral talks involving Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.


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