John Kerry urges India not to escalate situation with Pakistan

Published On: September 29, 2016 05:17 PM NPT By: Agencies

The United States has asked India not to escalate the situation with Pakistan even as New Delhi explores a range of diplomatic options to isolate Islamabad.

According to a report on Indian Express, US Secretary of State John Kerry has had “two conversations” over the “last two days” with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on this issue.

Swaraj was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly where she made a speech Monday, targeting Pakistan. This is the first time that the US has spoken to the Indian leadership at a senior political level after the Uri attack, the report added.

Although it is a poll season in the US, the State Department is keeping a close eye on developments in the subcontinent. These conversations, sources said, happened in the backdrop of India and Pakistan raising the temperature over the last two days.

After a review of the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty on Monday, India decided to pull out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad in November.

On Thursday, Indian prime minister chaired a meeting of the cabinet committee on security.

After Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Kerry last week, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said: “We’ve seen some progress; we want to see more, and I think moving forward we’ll just continue to work closely and try to encourage greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan but also within the region.”

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