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Surgical strikes by India: US tells India and Pakistan to increase communication to deal with terrorist groups and avoid steps that escalate tensions

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We all know that terrorism, in many ways, knows no border. We continue to urge actions to combat and delegitimize terrorist groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad. So this is something that we’re obviously keenly focused on.

Army base at Uri that was attacked by terrorists on September 18

Washington DC: On the post-Uri surgical strikes by the Indian Army leading to the demolition of launch pads for terrorists inside the Pak occupied Kashmir area in the early hours of Thursday (29 September), the message from the USA to both sides -India and Pakistan – is that they should increase communication to deal with this threat (terrorism) and to avoid steps that escalate the tensions.

This was stated by John Kirby, the US State Department Spokesperson in response to a query at the daily press briefing here.

Kirby said that instead of characterizing “each and every step along the way (to combating terrorism), the US wants to see increased cooperation against what is a very shared common threat for both countries, and to see steps being taken to deal with it by all sides.

On the terror attack at the Indian Army base camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, Kirby said: ‘Obviously an attack like that escalates tensions. But what I don’t want to do is try to get into some sort of broad characterization, one way or the other. But obviously an attack like this is horrific.”

John Kirby
John Kirby

Kirby said that the US is following the situation closely. Stating that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication, he emphahsised that the US believes that continued communication is obviously important to reduce tensions.

We’ve repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding the danger that terrorism poses to the region, Kirby said adding “we all know that terrorism, in many ways, knows no border. We continue to urge actions to combat and delegitimize terrorist groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad. So this is something that we’re obviously keenly focused on.”

Kirby informed media-persons that the US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Indian External Affairs Minister Swaraj on 27 September and reiterated his strong condemnation of the September 18 Uri attack. He condemned terrorism in all its forms and also cautioned against any escalation in tensions.

Answering a pointed query on specific steps taken to strengthen cooperation on fighting terrorism between India and Pakistan, Kirby said: “We’re always trying to get better at combatting terrorism in the region. And there are many ways you can do that – through information-sharing regimens and increasing communication between all parties involved.”

Kirby observed: “I don’t talk about the specifics of military”, When a journalist pointed out that this was a counter-terrorism operation (the surgical strikes by the Indian Army) and asked, as there is strong coordination between India and the U.S. on counter-terrorism issues, was there any coordination on this strike by the Indian forces?

Prison conditions in Burundi: Cause of global concern

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BurundiWashington DC: Following death yesterday of Jacques Bihozagara, a former Rwandan ambassador and government minister, in the Bujumbura, Burundi, prison where he had been detained since 2015 of Prison Conditions in Burundi, there is growing global concern about Prison Conditions in Burundi.

In a statement Thursday, John Kirby, US
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs said the United States expresses deep concern over  where he had been detained since 2015. Bihozagara’s death highlights abiding concerns about inhumane prison conditions in Burundi, as well as persistent credible reports of arbitrary arrests, increased torture, the presence of underground detention facilities, and disappearances of individuals detained by security forces.

While Burundian authorities have allowed independent experts from the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) access to some political prisoners, the conditions for thousands of prisoners are unknown.

The US has said: We remain concerned about a lack of due process in many of their cases. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid reported to the Security Council this month that over half the detainees his team met with in Burundi showed signs of having been tortured.

US has asked the Government of Burundi to provide unfettered access to monitors and observers from OHCHR, the AU, and other independent organizations to monitor the conditions of prisoners and prison facilities, as well as to investigate broader allegations of human rights abuses.

Brewing Now – Big buzzing week for US-China Relations

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John Kerry US
John Kerry

Washington, DC:Its happening right away ! United States meets China.

The differences will be ironed out.Both will strengthen their commitment to do good to their own countries as well as to their international relations.

An effective diplomacy and positively improving US-China relations is brewing up sizzling hot this week, as stated by the US Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby.

Kirby said that United States is firmly committed to improving its relationship with China albeit disagreements on certain issues. He stated that US intents to highlight a mutually beneficial strategic partnership between the two countries.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary Lew are hosting the 7th US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. In addition, integrated into these events, will be the 6th Consultation on People-to-People Exchange hosted by Secretary Kerry.

With Deputy Secretary Blinken chairing the 5th Strategic Security Dialogue, the US Spokesperson enthusiastically believes in US and China to expand their mutual bilateral cooperation on many global challenges. The areas of prominence will include climate change, development, humanitarian assistance, pandemic response, and ocean conservation.

Kirby emphasized that this mega bilateral event will also table the opportunity to coordinate U.S. and Chinese policies on regional issues like Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and Afghanistan. Further, he believed that areas where there are ongoing differences such as maritime disputes, cyber security and human rights will also stay addressed.

Kirby stressed that in spite of disagreements between the two countries on many points, US recognizes that problems can be better addressed with US-China cooperative efforts. He said that United States sincerely looks forward to all the dialogues being held this week, which would serve as a vibrant platform for tackling disagreements and advancing mutual interests.