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US expresses concerns over restrictions, detentions in Occupied Kahsmir

US expresses concerns over restrictions, detentions in Occupied Kahsmir
August 30, 2019
WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – The US State Department has expressed concerns over the enforced arrests and imposition of restrictions by the Indian authorities in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). Talking to the journalists, US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, “The US is watching the situation in Jammu and Kashmir closely. We continue to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric.” Morgan demanded the Indian authorities to respect the human rights in the Occupied Kashmir. She said on behalf of the US government that the country supports the opening of dialogues between Pakistan and India in order to find a solution of the Kashmir issue and restrictions. Meanwhile, the two US Congressmen including Ted Lieu and Don Beyer have also expressed deep concerns over the ongoing situation of the occupied valley. Ted Lieu, in his latest Twitter message, said, “I am also hearing from constituents who cannot contact family members in Kashmir & have no idea if they’re safe.” The statement from the State Department comes after US President Donald Trump met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 summit earlier this week in France. During the meeting, Trump raised the issue of occupied Kashmir with Modi, expressing hope that something positive would come out of talks between Pakistan and India. “We spoke last night on Kashmir, the prime minister Modi feels like he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I am sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good,” Trump told reporters.