HANOI / WASHINGTON: President
on Thursday voiced confidence that the hostilities between India and
will end soon, saying he has some “reasonably decent” news about the two nuclear-armed neighbors
In his opening statement a press conference at the end of his second summit with the North Korean leader
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 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 claim +
to have shot down each other’s fighter planes on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing one Indian pilot
Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan in the wake of the
Pulwama attack +
Claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group
The US president also said that there is a lot of “dislike” (between India and Pakistan).
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval amid 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 said to have discussed the current situation in the telephonic conversation on Wednesday, official sources in Washington said.
US acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan has 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.
National Security Advisor Bolton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and Commander of US Central Command General Joseph Votel on the India-Pakistan tensions, it said.
The US State Department also asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds.
“Cross-border terrorism, like the recent attack on India’s CRPF on February 14, poses a grave threat to the security of the region. We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds, “a State Department spokesperson said in Washington.
India carried out air strikes against the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot on Tuesday. In the operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were trained for suicide attacks were eliminated. The facility at Balakot was headed by Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of the JeM chief.
Forty CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bombing rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives in their bus in Pulwama district.