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US urges India, Pakistan to 'exercise restraint': Secretary of State Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2019, 08.36 AM (IST)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called for India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" amid escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours while urging Islamabad to take action against militants.

"We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost," Pompeo said in a statement after speaking with the foreign ministers of both countries.

Pompeo said that in talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he stressed "the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil."

''I also encouraged both the ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity,'' the statement further said. 

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(With inputs from AFP)

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"We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost," Pompeo said in a statement after speaking with the foreign ministers of both countries.