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UN chief renews call for Pakistan, India to calm tensions

NEW YORK:  United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has renewed his call for Pakistan and India to de-escalate tensions between the two nuclear-armed states.

“We are fully aware of the situation,” a spokesman for the UN chief, Stephane Dujarric said in reply to a question at a regular briefing in New York.

He said that the UN chief is in touch with both countries at various levels to express his concern and the need to do as much as anyone can to de-escalate the tensions.

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Earlier, on Feb 28, the UN chief, expressing deep concerns over increasing escalation between Pakistan and India, had offered mediation between both countries for defusing the tensions.

The spokesperson said the secretary general had spoken to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and offered that his good offices would be available for mediation if both sides agreed.

The UN chief appealed to both sides to urgently take steps to defuse the tensions through meaningful mutual engagement and meet their responsibilities to maintain peace and stability in the region.

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