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US allays apprehensions, briefs India on Pak talks
Times of India ^ | 3/27/2010 | Indrani Bagchi

Posted on 03/27/2010 10:45:59 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

As the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue and its accompanying hype wound down in Washington, US briefed India about the content and scope of the discussions between the two sides.

US national security adviser, Gen Jim Jones called up Shivshankar Menon, national security adviser, to bring him up to speed on the talks, while US undersecretary William Burns briefed his counterpart, Nirupama Rao. Specifically, the conversations were intended to allay any Indian apprehensions of “secret” understandings reached with Pakistan.

As the joint statement made clear, there was no reference to India or Kashmir in the document. Even on the water issue, the stress was not India, but on domestic water management projects which the US has agreed to help Pakistan with. Pakistan is seriously betting on being the deliverer of US’ changed Af-Pak strategy, by delivering the Taliban as a “credible” negotiating group to Washington. This would be of serious concern to India, which does not believe a “reconciliation” policy is what should be pursued at this point.

This was a point driven home at various meetings by foreign secretary Nirupama Rao during her recent trip to Washington, particularly with the US NSA. In fact, sources said, her visit focused heavily on Af-Pak, Rao articulating India’s concerns and interests. Thus far, the US appears to continue to view events in Afghanistan pretty much the way India does. That, sources said, could change. But on the issue of weapons supplies to Pakistan, Indian objections aside, US is set to deliver F-16 combat aircraft to Pakistan as soon as in the next few months. The new aircraft are expected to have BVR (beyond visual range) capability, and would essentially be force multipliers for the Pakistan military.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afpak; india; pakistan; southasia

1 posted on 03/27/2010 10:45:59 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

It makes no sense to feed the very same snake that bites you.

2 posted on 03/28/2010 12:56:04 AM PDT by voice of india (Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall i fear ?)
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