US urges India, Pakistan to 'avoid escalation at any cost'

Reuters | Published: February 27, 2019 10:26:59 | Updated: February 28, 2019 13:57:55


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the Gate of Freedom memorial in Bratislava, Slovakia on February 12 last — Reuters/File

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to avoid “further military activity” following an air strike by India inside Pakistan.

“I expressed to both Ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost,” Pompeo said in a statement issued in Washington on Tuesday.

“I also encouraged both Ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity,” he said.

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