It is for India and Pakistan to resolve differences: US

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby takes questions from the news media in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room August 1, 2014.DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

Washington:┬áThe US today put the onus on India and Pakistan to work out their differences through talks, a day after the two neighbours expelled a staffer each from the other country’s High Commission amid escalating tensions.

“We’ve seen the reports of these decisions. These are sovereign decisions that nation-states make, and these are issues that we’re going to leave to India and Pakistan to work out,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.

“These are issues that we believe India and Pakistan need to discuss, need to talk about, need to work out between themselves,” Kirby said.

Amid growing strain in relations, India and Pakistan yesterday declared a staffer each at their High Commissions in New Delhi and Islamabad ‘persona non-grata’ and sought their recall in tit-for-tat action after Indian police busted an ISI-run spy ring involving an employee of the Pakistani mission.