Srinagar: US President Donald Trump has said “we have some reasonably decent news from India and Pakistan” amid tension between the two countries over the past two days. Donald Trump’s comments at a press conference in Hanoi, on the sidelines of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, offered hope of de-escalation a day after hostilities peaked with aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani warplanes.
“Hopefully that’ll be coming to an end,” the US President said in response to questions.
Earlier, the US had called on India and Pakistan to “cease all cross-border military activity” and “take immediate steps to deescalate the situation, including through direct communication”.
Urging the neighbours to make efforts for a “return to stability”, the US also repeated that Pakistan must abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists a safe haven and block their access to funds.
On Tuesday, India sent fighter jets to Pakistan for the first time in decades and allegedly struck the biggest training camp of Jaish in Balakot.
Pakistan on Wednesday took an Indian pilot captive, after it shot down two Indian aircraft. (With inputs from Reuters)