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Surgical strikes: US urges India and Pakistan to avoid escalation of tensions

"We’ve repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding danger that terrorism poses to the region," John Kirby said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 30, 2016 1:21:49 pm
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The US State Department spokesperson John Kirby on Friday said that the US is following the situation on Line of Control (LoC) closely after surgical strikes were conducted by Indian Army early on Thursday to eliminate terrorist launched pads operating along LoC. Kirby said, “We’ve repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding danger that terrorism poses to the region.” He also said that US urges action to combat terrorist groups like JeM and LeT.

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John Kirby also said that US Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken to Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on September 27 and “reiterated his strong condemnation for the September 18 Uri terror attack.” “He (John Kerry) condemned terrorism in all its forms and cautioned against any escalation in tensions,” Kirby said.

He also urged both sides to maintain active communication in order to avoid escalation in tensions.

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Indian Army carried out surgical strikes along the LoC on Thursday and attacked seven terror launch pads that were operating in the territory. The operation came in response to the Uri terror attack in which 18 Indian soldiers had lost their lives.

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