United States urges Pakistan, India to cooperate for resolving differences

United States said the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has served "a model for peaceful cooperation" between Pakistan and India, US Department of State reported.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper had reported on Monday that the USA had offered to mediate the dispute in a phone call between U.S. secretary of state John Kerry and the Pakistani finance minister Ishaq Dar in late December.

"As I said, we encourage India and Pakistan to work together bilaterally to resolve their differences", said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Reports in the Pakistani media that the USA had offered to intervene to bring down tensions between the two nations over Indus water-sharing would have foxed watchers of worldwide affairs for quite a few reasons. "We encourage, as we have in the past, India and Pakistan to work together to resolve any differences", Kirby said, as quoted on the State Department's website on Tuesday.

In the meeting, the Indian side, led by Joint Secretary in the MEA, Gopal Baglay, gave a presentation on the two projects and insisted that be a neutral expert should look into the issues as objections raised by Pakistan on technical issues, government sources said.

Recent reports in Pakistan indicated Islamabad felt frustrated by the World Bank's decision to pause two different processes initiated by India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute arising out of two power projects planned in the Indus river system by India.

India's position was conveyed during a meeting World Bank representative Ian H Solomon held with senior officials of External Affairs and Water Resources ministries. It is not for nothing that this Treaty has survived three wars between the two countries,"he said in a statement issued here". The treaty ended long-term disputes between the countries over the water distribution.

Seeming to invite that Kerry had asked for Washington's intervention, according to the ministry, "Dar indicated that U.S. support on the principles and legal position of Pakistan will be greatly appreciated".

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