The United States has rejected Pakistan's request to mediate between it and India to help both resolve outstanding issues, including Kashmir and the river water sharing dispute. During a joint media interaction with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear that Washington would continue with its "hands off" policy concerning the Indo-Pak impasse.
"We can only encourage, we can't solve (the Kashmir issue) because at the end of the day, this is an issue (to which) there is no dictated response. This is what Pakistan must do, this is what India must do," Clinton said. Commenting on the water dispute
When asked about the recent meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna with his Pakistani counterpart Qureshi, which ended on a bitter note, Clinton stressed that the Obama administration would like both Islamabad and New Delhi to sustain their renewed engagement process.