United States (US) tells Indian and Pakistan, both Nuclear capable countries to exercise restraint.
State Department said that reports of India’s alleged surgical strike in Pakistan received but the good thing is that both Armies are in contact with each other.
“our message to both sides has been the same, in terms of encouraging them to increase communication to deal with this threat and to avoid steps that escalate the tensions. And I’m – I think I’m not going to get into characterizing each and every step along the way there. But obviously, what we want to see is increased cooperation against what is a very shared common threat for both countries, and to see steps being taken to deal with it by all sides”.
Foreign office spokesman gave no answer on a question that is there any coordination between US and India on this strike.
“We’ve seen those reports. We’re following the situation closely, as I think you can understand. We also understand that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication. We believe that continued communication is obviously important to reduce tensions” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in press briefing.
He added that US have repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding the danger that terrorism poses to the region.
We all know that terrorism, in many ways, knows no border. We continue to urge actions to combat and delegitimize terrorist groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad. So this is something that we’re obviously keenly focused on.
“I can confirm for you that the Secretary spoke with the – on the 27th, so earlier this week, with Indian External Affairs Minister Swaraj and reiterated his strong condemnation of the September 18th Uri attack. He condemned terrorism in all its forms and he cautioned against any escalation in tensions” John Kirby tells in answer of a question.
On a question that after the second U.S. and India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue last month, what specific steps have been taken to strengthen cooperation on fighting terrorism between these two countries?
Mr. Kirby said that this is something we’re always working at with our partners in the region. We’re always trying to get better at combatting terrorism in the region. And there are many ways you can do that – through information-sharing regimens and increasing – like we said, increasing communication between all parties involved. So, I don’t have a specific laundry list here to read out to you, because, frankly, it’s something that we’ve been constantly working at with our partners in the region.
An attack like Uri escalates tensions. But what I don’t want to do is try to get into some sort of broad characterization, one way or the other. But obviously, an attack like this is horrific, he said in reply to a question about Kerry’s cautioned against escalation.