INGTON (Online) - The US does not intend to meddle in the Kashmir issue, but will support any effort by
India and Pakistan to reduce their tensions, a key aide of President Barack Obama said while pressing
Islamabad to take the first step to bring to justice the Mumbai attack masterminds.
Allaying apprehensions in some quarters in India that US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard
Holbrookes mandate may also include Kashmir, Bruce Riedel, who co-chaired the inter-agency committee
which formulated the Af-Pak policy, said: I do not think, the Obama administration intends to meddle in
Riedel, a former CIA official, said it is in the interest of the US to see tension between India and Pakistan be
reduced and diminished and see a resumption of the bilateral composite dialogue and a back channel between
India and Pakistan that produced some significant result between 2006 and May 2007.
But at the end of the day it is fundamentally up to the Indians and Pakistanis to make those decisions, and
change those policies that way.
United States can be a supporter and it should be, but it is up to Indians and Pakistanis to find a way to reduce
tensions between them, Riedel told to an Indian news agency.