Published On : Thu, Sep 29th, 2016

Don’t escalate situation with Pakistan: Kerry to Sushma Swaraj

kellyThe United States has asked India not to escalate the situation with Pakistan even as New Delhi explores a range of diplomatic options to isolate Islamabad.

It has been reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry has had two conversations over the last two days with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on this issue. Swaraj was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly where she made a speech Monday, targeting Pakistan.

This is the first time that the US has spoken to the Indian leadership at a senior political level after the Uri attack, sources said.

These conversations, sources said, happened in the backdrop of India and Pakistan raising the temperature over the last two days. After a review of the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty on Monday, India decided to pull out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad in November. And on Thursday, New Delhi is to review the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan.