Trump says hopefully India, Pakistan conflict coming to an end
HANOI: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped the decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan will be coming to an end, after the two nuclear powers clashed across a contested border in the disputed Kashmir region.
Speaking at a news conference in Vietnam after a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said he had some “reasonably decent” news from India and Pakistan. He did not elaborate.
The US president said “we have been observing the recent situation and trying to deescalate constraints between Pakistan and India.”
World powers have urged restraint as tensions escalate following tit-for-tat air strikes this week after a suicide car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Feb. 14.
Trump said he had some “reasonably decent” news from India and Pakistan
As per a statement issued by Pentagon, Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has also stressed on easing Pak-India row and urged both the nuclear states to avoid further military action.
On Wednesday, a United States’ think tank while expressing concern over the escalation between Pakistan and India termed it dangerous for the entire region.
The soaring tensions reached a new height between the two neighbouring countries as two fighter jets of Indian Air Force were shot down by Pakistan Air Force in bright day light on Wednesday.
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said the military action from Pakistan was a demonstration of its defense capability as a reaction towards violation of Line of Control by Indian fighter jets on Feb 26.