US State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino, during his bi-weekly news conference in Washington DC on Tuesday (March 5) claimed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played an “essential role” in de-escalating ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan.
“Secretary Pompeo led diplomatic engagement directly, and that played an essential role in de-escalating the tensions between the two sides. He spoke with leaders in both countries, and that included the Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj, National Security Advisor Doval, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi” the statement said.
“That’s with both governments via our embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad, as well as with the Indian and Pakistani embassies here in Washington. That has been sustained, that’s been ongoing, and – sometimes we do public diplomacy and sometimes there’s a time for private diplomacy, and there’s a lot of private diplomacy that’s going on right now.”
The tensions between India and Pakistan were increase after India’s baseless allegations on Pakistan over insolvent in Pulwama attack which killed more than 40 Indian troops. After allegations, India has also made failed attempt to enter Pakistan air space and to bombing the Balakot. Then very next day Pakistan shot down India’s two fighter jets over violation of Pakistan air space.
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17 November, 2019