Nikki Haley hints at US role in de-escalating Indo-Pak tensions


imagesThe US on April 4 said President Donald Trump and members of US National Security Council may help broker peace between India and Pakistan. “We will not wait for something to happen,” said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

With the Trump administration having resumed power, there is more than an imperceptible change in the US position of not engaging in Indo-Pak disputes.

Haley, a senior member of the Trump Cabinet, said she expects the administration to try to “find its place to be a part of that (de-escalating tensions)”.

“We must not wait till something happens,” she said after assuming the role of President of the Security Council for the month of April. She made these remarks when asked if the US will make efforts to bring the two rivals to the negotiation table over Kashmir issue.

“We think that we should be proactive in everyway. We are seeing tensions bubble up, but before these tensions become conflicts, we want to see if we can come in to cool down tensions,” said Haley.

The remarks are the first time that Haley, a member of the Trump Cabinet, has spoken about India and Pakistan. The previous Obama administration always maintained that the K-was a bilateral one between the countries.

Former State Department spokesperson John Kirby had said the issue of Kashmir was for the two nations to work out and the US had no role to play in it.

Meanwhile, India has maintained that Kashmir was a bilateral issue with Pakistan and ruled out any third party mediation, either by the UN or the US.