Aziz warns US against tipping imbalance in South Asia

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ISLAMABAD: Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the prime minister on foreign affairs, said Pakistan has no issues whatsoever with US relations with India, but he added that Obama administration should not take steps that might aggravate strategic imbalance in South Asia.

“At a time when Pakistan’s relations with India are tense, US should at least try not to increase the strategic and traditional imbalance to the extent that it might pose a threat to the integrity of the entire region,” Aziz said in an interview with BBC Urdu.

To a question, the advisor said that not only US but also the entire international community wanted Pakistan and India to resolve their issue through dialogue.

About the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visit to Washington, Aziz said the top leadership of Pakistan and US would discuss key bilateral and international issues, including Pakistan’s relationship with India, trade and investment opportunities, and Afghan peace process.

Over President Obama’s announcement to slow the US troops pullout from Afghanistan, Aziz said Pakistan would welcome all steps being taken for stability in Afghanistan.

He said Obama has hinted that his country is ready to initiate talks with insurgents in Afghanistan.

However, the advisor said the decision will have to be taken by the Afghan government.

“Pakistan will be ready to mediate, if Kabul desired Islamabad’s inclusion,” he added.

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