U.S. concerned about any violence between India and Pakistan

The U.S. is concerned about any terrorist violence on the border between Pakistan and India after a violent incident occurred on Monday, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during a daily press briefing. When asked about the cross-border terrorist incident, Harf said the U.S. is aware of the reports and encourages dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the matter.

"As we said yesterday, we're aware of these reports, obviously are concerned about any violence along the Line of Control," Harf said. "We understand that the governments of India and Pakistan are in contact over these issues. We will continue to encourage further dialogue."

Harf said U.S. ambassadors in Pakistan and India raised the incidents with their host governments as further encouragement of a peaceful dialogue.

"Also, our ambassadors in both India and Pakistan have raised these recent incidents with their respective host governments and conveyed our hope that India and Pakistan will continue the steps they have recently taken to improve their bilateral relationship," Harf said.

On Monday, when asked how the issue of Pakistan-held Kashmir relates to the terrorist attacks, Harf said they were two completely separate issues.

"I think we're talking about two separate issues here," Harf said. "I'd want to make a distinction between the Kashmir issue, which I've just talked a little bit about, and the broader issue of our concern about extremism in that region. I would emphasize that those are two separate issues and that I think our views on both are well known."