SRINAGAR: The US, China, Russia, UK, Turkey have expressed serious concern over the escalation of hostilities between India and Pakistan, urging both countries to show restraint.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged India and Pakistan to avoid further escalation “at any cost” and to “prioritise direct communication”.
In a statement issued by his office in Washington, Pompeo said that he spoke with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
“I expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost,” he said. “I also encouraged both ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity.”
China on Wednesday again called on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint amid the escalation of hostilities between the two countries and urged them to engage in dialogue to uphold the peace and stability in the region.
“I understand that in the latest development Pakistan says it had shot down two Indian aircraft and captured Indian pilots,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media at Beijing.
He said the international community is following the developments closely.
“China’s position is clear. As two important countries in South Asia we hope that the two countries can exercise restraint and engage in dialogue and take actions for the peace and stability in the region,” he said.
Urging India and Pakistan to “‘show restraint”, Russia expressed “serious concern” about the escalation of hostilities between the two countries.
“We call on both sides to show restraint and step up efforts to resolve existing problems by political and diplomatic means,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said in a statement.
It expressed “serious concern” about the aggravation of the situation along the Line of Control and the outbreak of tensions between the two neighbours.
“We are ready to further assist in strengthening the counter-terrorism potential of New Delhi and Islamabad,” the ministry added.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May urged both Pakistan and India to “exercise restraint” and voiced her concern over the rising tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours.
In a statement issued by the PM Office, Premier May said that London is deeply concerned by the recent military escalation over the last two days.
“We are in regular contact with both countries [Pakistan and India], urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability,” the statement reads.
The British prime minister went on to say that the UK is working closely with international partners through the UN Security Council to de-escalate tensions.
Turkey offered mediation to ease the tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi on Wednesday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that he has told Pakistan that “Turkey is willing to mediate between India and Pakistan”, TRT reported.
According to Turkish media, the minister said that he had a phone contact with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, but not with any Indian official yet.
Expressing concerns over the prevailing tensions, Mavlut said: “We are concerned over this tension. We want to call for common sense and calm between the parties. Steps that will escalate the tension should be avoided.”
He also said the main issue between the two neighbouring countries was the “Kashmir issue” and this issue must be solved “as soon as possible” within the framework of the international law.
“This is also important for people of Kashmir,” he added.
“Turkey is always willing to contribute to easing tension and to resolving these issues, including Kashmir,” Mavlut said. “We are open to dialogue and of course we want to discuss this issue with India.”