No modification in policy on Jammu and Kashmir, says United States

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday stated that there is no modification in its policy on Jammu and Kashmir

“I wish to be very clear there has been no modification in US policy in the region,” State Department Representative Ned Price informed press reporters in view of a tweet from the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department which invited the resumption of 4G mobile web in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We welcome the resumption of 4G mobile internet in India’s Jammu & Kashmir. This marks a crucial action for regional citizens and we look forward to continued political & economic progress to restore normalcy in J&K,” tweeted the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department.High-speed mobile web was brought back on February 5 in the entire union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, precisely one and a half years after it was snapped in August 2019 when the Centre had actually abrogated the unique status of the erstwhile state.According to a 2019 Congressional Research Service report of August 2019, a longstanding objective of US policy in South Asia has been to prevent India-Pakistan dispute from escalating to interstate war. This meant the United States has looked for to avoid actions that overtly favoured either celebration. Over the past decade, nevertheless, Washington has actually grown closer to India while relations with Pakistan continue to be deemed clouded by mistrust, CRS report said.On a question associated to Twitter closing down some accounts in India, Price said, “Well, I believe what I would state usually is that worldwide– and this goes back to what I was saying previously– we are devoted to supporting democratic values, consisting of liberty of expression. I think when it pertains to Twitter’s policies, we ‘d need to refer you to Twitter itself.”Reacting to a comparable concern, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her everyday press conference, “Obviously, we constantly have concerns about crackdowns on freedom of speech, liberty of expression taking place around the globe and when it doesn’t enable individuals to interact and peacefully protest.”

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