WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump voiced alarm Friday on the “very harmful state of affairs” between India and Pakistan, warning that New Delhi was contemplating “very robust” motion after an assault in Kashmir.
“It is very harmful state of affairs between the 2 international locations. We wish to see it cease,” Trump mentioned, including that the USA was in search of talks with Pakistan.
“Proper now there’s a variety of issues between India and Pakistan due to what occurred,” he advised reporters as he met a senior Chinese language official within the Oval Workplace.
Tensions have soared between the nuclear-armed rivals since a suicide assault final week killed 41 troopers on the Indian facet of divided Kashmir, the deadliest assault in years.
“India is taking a look at one thing very robust. India simply misplaced nearly 50 folks with an assault. So I can perceive that additionally,” Trump mentioned.
India has been demanding motion in opposition to militants that Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged are from Pakistan and its premier underneath strain from his Hindu nationalist base to point out firmness weeks earlier than he’s set to name elections.
The Pakistan Military on Friday warned India in opposition to any “misadventure,” saying it was able to responding.
The US lately has allied with India, seeing frequent pursuits with a fellow democracy that has been battling extremists.
The Trump administration final yr lower off $300 million in army support to Pakistan, saying that Islamabad has not executed sufficient to struggle extremists at dwelling or shut secure havens for militants in neighbouring Afghanistan.
“Pakistan was taking very robust benefit of the USA underneath different presidents,” Trump mentioned. “I ended that fee as a result of they weren’t serving to us in a approach that they need to have.”