US National Security Adviser expresses concern over LoC escalation

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (APP): US National Security Adviser Dr Susan Rice
on Friday expressed concern over the increasing escalation at the Line
of Control (LoC) and said the United States stood for dialogue and meaningful cooperation among the countries of the region.
She was speaking to Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) who is currently on a visit to Washington for post election meetings with the US lawmakers.
Dr Rice and SAPM discussed wide ranging issues of mutual interest in the areas of peace and security, counter terrorism, defense and economic cooperation at a meeting held at the White House. Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani was also present.
The recent escalation on the border and cease fire violations by the Indian forces were also discussed. Fatemi particularly mentioned the killing of innocent civilians, as a result of indiscriminatory fire by the Indian forces across the LoC and the Working Boundary.
Dr Rice stressed that the United States attached the highest
importance to its relations with Pakistan and expressed satisfaction with the progress made by both in enhancing their cooperation in multiple fields.
She appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability in the region and commended its participation in the Heart of Asia Conference held in Amritsar last week.
Fatemi briefed Dr Rice on Pakistan’s unprecedented successes in
counter terrorism, highlighting the sacrifices rendered by the people and security forces. He also drew the attention of Dr Rice to the massive and systematic human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister is in Washington on the first high level visit from Pakistan after the November elections in the United States.