Myanmar pledged on Tuesday to release thousands of prisoners, a move announced just over a month before it hosts an East Asia summit that U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are expected to attend.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov of his "concern" Friday over the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and urged Moscow and pro-Russian separatists to respect a faltering ceasefire.
Following up on the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met top US officials to discuss US-India security cooperation and counter-terrorism issues.
Amid escalating political crisis in Pakistan, the US has ruled out any mediation in that country and asked all stakeholders to work together to resolve their differences through peaceful democratic means.
The US has declined to speculate on a report about India significantly expanding a covert nuclear facility, but asserted that nothing provided to India under their nuclear deal can be used to enhance its military capability.
The relationship with India is strong and enduring, the US said today and expressed hope that it would continue to grow in the future, downplaying the Twitter rank order of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi while responding to congratulatory messages from around the world.
The United States today called on both Israel and the Palestinians to show restraint as Israelis tightened their grip on the West Bank hunting for three kidnapped teenagers.
"We recognize this is an incredibly sensitive and difficult circumstance on the ground, and we feel all sides should exercise restraint," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
After 25 Shia pilgrims were killed by terrorists in Balochistan, the US has severely condemned the tragic incident and has asked Pakistan to take steps to protect the lives of its religious minorities.