New Delhi: The United States on Friday said that it will not declare Pakistan a ‘terror state’ as was demanded by an online petition filed to the White House after the Uri attack where 19 Indian soldiers were killed by terrorists.

US claimed that it will not declare Pakistan a terror state and instead maintained that it will work to eliminate safe havens for terrorists in the region to ensure more safety for India.

The United States has repeatedly called for dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue.

US State Department spokesperson John Kirby, who earlier snubbed Pakistan by saying that the US will not intervene in Kashmir, was asked about the Congress petition to the White House seeking the declaration of Pakistan as a terror state. However, the US spokesperson said, “I have not seen anything specifically about the – such a bill, and obviously we don’t.”

“What we – what I would say is common threat, common challenge in the region, and we’re going to continue to work with Pakistan, with Afghanistan, and the Secretary (of State) just came back from Brussels and the Afghanistan conference in Brussels. And obviously it’s a threat to the Indian people as well,” Kirby added.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had addressed the issue of Kashmir in the United Nations which was countered by India’s accusation of Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan inside the Pakistan occupied Kashmir region.