India, Pak should continue to talk: Kerry
New Delhi, Feb 15: US Senator John Kerry has asked India and Pakistan to continue to talk to each other despite the Pune bomb blast, and said he will ask Pakistan to take more action against groups that are targeting India.
Kerry, on a short visit to New Delhi, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday afternoon. National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon was also present during the meeting.
He also discussed with Manmohan Singh Saturday's Pune bomb blast which killed nine people, including three foreign nationals -- an Italian woman, an Iranian student and a Nepali waiter. The US has already offered help in investigating the attack.
"The right thing is to talk; you lose nothing by talking," Kerry told the Wall Street Journal in an interview here.
Kerry, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former presidential candidate, noted that if India finds a Pakistan link to the Pune bombing, it should be part of talks of their two foreign secretaries in New Delhi Feb 25.
"I hope India will have that conversation with Pakistan and, if they have evidence to that effect, that should be the first thing on the table and Pakistan has to deal with it," he said.
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