The US has reached out to both India and Pakistan and their embassies in Washington to de-escalate the tension between the two countries. The Donald Trump administration has reiterated that the Imran Khan government abide by its commitment to the United Nations Security Council that it will deny sanctuary to terrorists and will block their access to funds. “We continue to urge both sides to continue to take steps to de-escalate the situation. We believe strongly that further military activity will exacerbate the situation. So we reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists sanctuary and to block their access to funds,” a US State Department spokesperson told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.
“But what I can say is we’ve been in continuous high-level contact. That’s with both governments via our embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad, as well as with the Indian and Pakistani embassies here in Washington. That has been sustained, that’s been ongoing, and sometimes we do public diplomacy and sometimes there’s a time for private diplomacy, and there’s a lot of private diplomacy that’s going on right now,” the spokesperson added.
When asked about the use of F16 fighter jets by Pakistan Air Force inside the Indian territory, the spokesperson said: “We’ve seen those reports and we’re following that issue very closely. I can’t confirm anything, but as a matter of policy, we don’t publicly comment on the contents of bilateral agreements that we have in this regard involving US defence technologies nor the communications that we have with other countries about that. So we’re taking a look and we’re going to continue to take a look, and I’m going to leave it at that.” The comments by the State Department spokesperson are in the backdrop of latest phone call between the NSAs of India and the USA.