Uri Attack: US Backs India’s Right To Self Defence
Supporting India’s right to self-defence in the aftermath of the Uri attack which it called a “clear case of cross-border terrorism”, the US dismissed the recent attempt by Pakistan to link peace in war-torn Afghanistan with resolution of the Kashmir issue. The White House however advised caution given the heavy militarisation between the two India and Pakistan. Condemning the Uri attack, Peter Lavoy, the White House’s point person for South Asia said India and Pakistan have a “friction-filled relationship” and they have not found a way to overcome that. Meanwhile, the United States also said it welcomed India’s prominent and effective role played on a wide range of global problems from climate change to maritime security. Lavoy further added that India has played an important role in the collective effort of bringing stability and prosperity to war-torn Afghanistan, committing more than $2 billion in assistance. He also said India US cooperation on counter terrorism has become a crucial pillar of a broader strategic partnership.