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India rejects U.S. role in mending Pak. ties

Mr. Baglay said: “We, of course, expect international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond.”

Ms. Haley’s remarks about a “proactive” approach are at variance with the existing American position that it would involve itself only if both countries wanted it to.

India has always rejected third party intervention in India-Pakistan relations, but the U.S. has been a constant factor between the countries.

The U.S. pushes India to continue peace talks with Pakistan while it pushes Pakistan to take more effective measures against terrorism. Concerns of nuclear terrorism added a new dimension to the American interest in the India-Pakistan conflict in recent years.

What is different about the Trump administration is that it is willing to appear more assertive and involved, and this may dissipate after initial enthusiasm, according to Indian diplomatic sources.

Peace in Afghanistan

In his early days in office, Barack Obama believed India-Pakistan rapprochement was essential for peace in Afghanistan also, an official recalled. Mr. Obama even toyed with the idea of U.S. Special Representative for Af-Pak, including India also in his ambit.

Ms. Haley also took questions and made remarks about U.S. national policy. The President is understood to have spoken about the India-Pakistan conflict as a potential fillip to Islamist terrorism on several occasions.

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