*WASHINGTON: Cautioning that further military activity will exacerbate the situation between Pakistan and India , the US State Department urged both the sides to continue taking steps to defuse tensions.*
“The position of the United States is we continue to urge both sides to continue to take steps to de-escalate the situation, and that includes through direct communication,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told a briefing.
The spokesman said: “We believe strongly that further military activity will exacerbate the situation.”
He said the US secretary led diplomatic engagement directly, which played an essential role in de-escalating the tensions between the two sides.
“He spoke with leaders in both countries, and that included the Indian Minister of External Affairs [Sushma] Swaraj, National Security Advisor [Ajit] Doval, and Pakistani Foreign Minister [Shah Mahmood] Qureshi.”