India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to reduce tension, the US urged both the nations as they are facing each other at the International Court of Justice over the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
A State Department spokesperson said, "We believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from practical cooperation".
"We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension," the spokesperson said when asked about the United States' stand on the case of Jadhav.
A Pakistani military court had sentenced death penalty to Jadhav in March last year on charges of espionage and subversive activities.
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Consular access to Jadhav has been denied by Pakistan to India 16 times, claiming that he was a Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) agent. The ICJ had stayed his execution last week.
India has petitioned the ICJ, urging it immediately suspend Jadhav's death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at ICJ.
India moved the ICJ against Jadhav's execution on May 8 alleging that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying consular access to Jadhav repeatedly.
India, in its appeal, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was doing business after he retired from the Indian Navy. India has denied that he has any connection with the government.
With inputs from PTI.