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US helping India, Pak defuse tensions




President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced confidence that the hostilities between India and Pakistan would end soon, saying he has some “reasonably decent” news with the US involved in trying to help reduce tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

In his opening statement at a crowded press conference at the end of his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the Vietnamese capital, Trump said the US has some “reasonably attractive news” from Pakistan and India.

“We have been involved in trying to help them (India and Pakistan) stop and we have some reasonably decent news,” he told the reporters.

“I think hopefully that (tensions) could be coming to an end, it has been going on for a long time,” Trump said in his first comments since India and Pakistan both claimed to have shot down each

other’s fighter planes on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing one Indian pilot.

The US president also said that there is a lot of “dislike” (between India and Pakistan).

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic talk with national security advisor Ajit Doval amidst the tense ties between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack and New Delhi’s air strike against JeM terror training camp in Balakot.

Pompeo and Doval are understood to have discussed the current situation in the region during the telephonic conversation on Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed.

US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has also been working on efforts to de-escalating tensions and urging both Pakistan and India to avoid further military action, the Pentagon said in a statement.


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