Washington | Sending a strong message to Pakistan that it needs to act against UN-designated terrorist groups, the White House today called for de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.
“What I can tell you is that we have seen some reports from the region. Those reports include that Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication with one another and we encourage continued discussions between India and Pakistan to avoid escalation,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.
Earnest said the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke to her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval yesterday and asked to “combat and delegitimise” UN-designated terrorist entities, including LeT and JeM.
“Ambassador Rice made it clear that the United States continues to be concerned by the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region. The United States fully expects that Pakistan will take effective action to combat and delegitimise UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities,” he said.
The US, he said, is firmly committed to its partnership with India, and to their joint efforts to combat terrorism. We are prepared to deepen collaboration on UN terrorist designations,” Earnest said.
At the same time, US continues to be in close contact with Pakistan and value the important partnership that they have formed with them on a range of issues, including security, the press secretary said.
Meanwhile a State Department official called for de-escalation of tension.
“We urge calm and restraint on both sides,” the official said.
“We understand that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication, and we believe continued communication is important to reduce tensions,” the official added.