On Thursday, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he had “good conversations” with Pakistani and Indian leaders and hopeful that the increasing tensions will come down between the two nuclear-armed neighboring countries.
For the last two days, Mr. Pompeo spoke to leaders of both the countries, including National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
While traveling with him from Hanoi’s Vietnam to Manila in the Philippines, Mr. Pompeo told sources that “we were and continue to be very engaged with the issue between India and Pakistan.”
“I spent a good deal of time on the phone last night talking to leaders in both countries, making sure there was good information exchanged, encouraging each country to not take any action that would escalate and create increased risk,” added the United States Secretary of State.
Mr. Pompeo continued, “I had good conversations, and I am hopeful that we can take down the tension there, at least for the time being, so they can begin to have conversations that don’t portend risk of escalation to either of the two countries. So we’re working hard on that.”
Tensions have increased between Pakistan and India in the wake of Pulwama terror attack claimed responsibility by Pak-based terror outfit JeM, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
Replying to the deadly attack, India has carried out pre-dawn air strikes against the biggest terrorist training camps in Pakistan’s Balakot. In the operation, a large number of JeM terrorist, senior commanders, and trainers had lost their lives.
On Wednesday, Pakistan has claimed its shot down of two Indian fighter jets over Pakistani air space and detained an IAF Pilot.