New Delhi: The United Kingdom on Wednesday expressed concern over the escalating tension between India and Pakistan, reported ANI.
Calling for restraint, Britain Prime Minister Theresa May said, “The UK is deeply concerned about the rising tensions between India and Pakistan and urgently calls for restraint on both sides to avoid further escalation. We are in regular contact with both the countries, urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability.” (Also read: Opposition Condemns Pakistani Misadventure)
May also said that her country was working in tandem with other international partners to find ways to defuse the tension. “We are working closely with international partners, including through the UN Security Council, to de-escalate tensions and are monitoring the developments closely and considering implications for British nationals.”
With this, May joins the list of international leaders to have taken note of the developments following the February 14 Pulwama terror attacks which had left 44 CRPF jawans martyred and many injured.
The United States has asked Islamabad to take “meaningful action” against terrorist groups operating on its soil and underscored the importance of avoiding escalation at any cost after India targeted terrorist camp in Pakistan.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a phone call with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also called for avoiding military action.
In a separate call with India External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pompeo emphasised the close security partnership between the US and India and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region.
“Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasize our close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region,” Pompeo said in a statement.