US says closely watching Pakistan, India tension

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (APP): The United States is closely watching the situation in the backdrop of tension between Pakistan and India and urge calm and restraint by both sides, US State department said on Friday.

Spokesman Mark Toner told a briefing at the State Department that the United States did not want to see any kind of escalation or breakdown in communication between the militaries of the two countries in the wake of tension that followed the Uri attack.

“We are continuing to follow the situation on the ground very closely. From our perspective, we urge calm and restraint by both sides.

We understand that the Pakistani and Indian militaries have been in communication and we believe that continued communication between them is important to reduce tensions,” the spokesman said.

He said the United States had repeatedly and consistently expressed its concern regarding the danger that cross-border terrorism pose for the region.

Responding to a question, the spokesman said the United States was concerned about the situation in the region and did not want to see it escalate any further.

He said the Secretary of State John Kerry was certainly engaged and talking to Indian leadership as part of that