US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday mentioned he was hopeful to “take down the tensions” between Pakistan and India after having “good conversations” with leaders from the 2 neighbouring international locations.
“I spent a great deal of time on the cellphone final evening speaking to leaders in each international locations, ensuring there was good data exchanged, encouraging every nation to not take any motion that might escalate and create elevated danger,” Pompeo advised reporters travelling with him from Hanoi, Vietnam to Manila within the Philippines.
“We have been and proceed to be very engaged with the difficulty between India and Pakistan.
“I’m hopeful that we will take down the stress there, a minimum of in the meanwhile, to allow them to start to have conversations that don’t portend danger of escalation to both of the 2 international locations,” he famous, including that america was “working laborious on that”.
Trump’s right-hand man had additionally spoken on the matter on Tuesday when he urged the 2 nuclear-armed international locations to “train restraint” amid hovering tensions.
“We encourage India and Pakistan to train restraint and keep away from escalation at any value,” Pompeo had mentioned. He talked about that he had spoken to Indian Minister of Exterior Affairs Sushma Swaraj to emphasize the significance of bilateral safety and regional peace.
“I additionally spoke to Pakistani International Minister Qureshi to underscore the precedence of de-escalating present tensions by avoiding army motion, and the urgency of Pakistan taking significant motion in opposition to terrorist teams working on its soil,” he had mentioned.
“I additionally inspired each Ministers to prioritise direct communication and keep away from additional army exercise,” he had commented.