US State Department responds over latest situation between Pakistan and India

US State Department responds over latest situation between Pakistan and India
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*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.

He was responding to a question about the US assessment of the situation between the two countries and efforts made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in calming the situation.

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.”

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