WASHINGTON - Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over Indian oppression in Kashmir, the United States has proposed "direct dialogue" between the two countries at any level for the normalisation of their relations.

"We strongly support all efforts between India and Pakistan that can contribute to a more stable and prosperous region, and that includes meetings at any level between Indian and Pakistani officials," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters at the daily press briefing on Monday.

He was responding to a question from a Pakistani TV channel's correspondent whether the United States was prepared to mediate the talks between India and Pakistan who were ready to come to the negotiating table but have different agendas.

"Our longstanding position has always been that India and Pakistan stand to benefit from a normalisation of relations and practical cooperation, and so we would be encouraged that India and Pakistan continue to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions," Toner said.

Pakistan has proposed foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir, but India has declined the offer, saying it wanted such a meeting to focus on terrorism.

More than 70 people have been killed in deadly clashes between Indian security forces and protesters in Held Kashmir following the killing of Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Wani, in a military operation on July 8.

Replying to a another question about the initiation of sedition charges against Amnesty International in India, Toner said that the US supported the right to freedom of expression and assembly, including through civil society. He said the US respect the right of Amnesty and others bodies to express themselves freely.