India’s decision to deactivate Article 370 is expected to figure prominently when Sullivan, accompanied by US assistant secretary of state Alice Wells, meets Jaishankar.Aug 16, 2019, 08.22 AM ISTExternal affairs minister S Jaishankar will emphasise the need to maintain pressure on Pakistan to ensure it doesn’t escalate the Kashmir situation and resort to cross-border infiltration during his dialogue with US deputy secretary of state John J Sullivan here on Friday.
India’s decision to deactivate Article 370 is expected to figure prominently when Sullivan, accompanied by US assistant secretary of state Alice Wells, meets Jaishankar and senior officials, according to persons familiar with developments.
Jaishankar will highlight the fact that India’s moves were purely internal in nature, they said. He would also utilise this opportunity to engage with the US on the position taken by the Donald Trump administration on the issue so far, they said.
There are apprehensions Pakistan will try to escalate situation and even resort to cross-border terror to internationalise the matter ahead of the UN General Assembly. The US has not yet outlined its position in the UN Security Council if the matter is raised there, but there are expectations that Washington may not act against India. The US will hold rotating chair of UNSC in December.
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