WASHINGTON : The United States Friday declined comments on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s reported statement that Kashmir could trigger a fourth war between India and Pakistan, saying the two South Asian neighbours should discuss the decades-old dispute ‘directly’.

“I didn’t actually see those comments, so I don’t want to respond to comments I haven’t seen,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in response to a question on Sharif’s statement, which the PM office has since denied.

“We’ve been very clear that this is an issue we think needs to be discussed directly between Pakistan and India,” she told reporters at the daily press briefing.

Asked to assess the current state of relations between Pakistan and India powers from the US perspective, the spokesperson responded: “Well, we’ve always said that we believe they need to keep building a better relationship, they need to work together on these issues, and certainly we hope they will do so.”