'Intensify efforts to ease Indo-Pak tensions'

He asked his officials to intensify American diplomacy aimed at easing tensions between India and Pakistan, asserting that without detente between the two rivals, the administration’s efforts to win Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan would suffer, “The Wall Street Journal” reported.

The directive, issued in December, concluded that “India must make resolving its tensions with Pakistan a priority for progress to be made on US goals in the region,” the US daily said quoting people familiar with its contents.

According to officials, the Pentagon, in particular, has sought more pressure on New Delhi, it said. The only specific US request to New Delhi has been to “discourage India from getting more involved in training the Afghan military, to ease Pakistani concerns about getting squeezed by India on two borders,” the journal said quoting US and Indian officials.
The move comes amid continued requests by Pakistan for an intercession by the US in Indo-Pak disputes, despite a longstanding resistance from India to any mediation by a foreign country.

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