U.S. encourages dialogue between India and Pakistan

The U.S. encouraged talks between India and Pakistan after violence continued on the border between the two countries, leaving three people dead, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Thursday as part of her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about the border conflict between India and Pakistan after fighting on Wednesday and Thursday left one Pakistan army official and two Pakistani soldiers dead. She emphasized that India and Pakistan must be the countries to determine the character of their peace dialogue.

"We are concerned - remain concerned about the violence along the Line of Control," Psaki said. "We understand that the governments of India and Pakistan are in contact. We continue to encourage further dialogue. As you know, our policy on Kashmir has not changed. We still believe that the pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan's dialogue is for those two countries to determine."

When asked if the escalating violence between India and Pakistan could impact U.S. plans for Afghanistan, Psaki would not speculate on the future. She did, however, express hope that the two countries would engage in productive dialogue.

"We're not at that point yet," Psaki said. "I certainly don't want to speculate on future. We certainly hope that they will engage in dialogue, and of course, they have played important roles in the process in Afghanistan as well, and we're hopeful that will continue."