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Trump hints at de-escalation between India and Pakistan as U.S. mediates


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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had some reasonably decent news from India and Pakistan, indicating a resolution amid tension between the two countries over the past few days.

Trump was speaking at a news conference in Vietnam after a failed summit with North Korean leader.

Trump hoped the conflict between India and Pakistan will be coming to an end.

The U.S., China and other world powers have urged restraint from the two nations as tensions escalate following tit-for-tat airstrikes in the wake of a suicide car bombing that killed no fewer than 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Feb. 14.

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Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire briefly along the contested border in Kashmir, however speaking at a news conference; Trump said the U.S. had been mediating between the two sides.

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“They have been going at it and we have been involved in trying to have them stop.

“We have been in the middle trying to help them both out,” Trump said.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces a general election in a matter of months, told a rally of supporters that India would unite against its enemies.

“The world is observing our collective will.

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“It is necessary that we shouldn’t do anything that allows our enemy to raise a finger at us,” he said, in his first remarks since the downing of planes on Wednesday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for talks between the two nations.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence from British colonial rule in 1947, two over Kashmir, and went to the brink of a fourth in 2002 after a Pakistani militant attack on India’s parliament.

Pakistan has shut its airspace, forcing commercial airlines to reroute.

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Thai Airways International announced that it had cancelled flights to Pakistan and Europe, which left thousands of passengers stranded in Bangkok.

According to a statement from the Indian army, troops from India and Pakistan briefly exchanged fire in Poonch, a district in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

“The Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively,” Lt.-Col. Devender Anand, a defence ministry spokesman, said.

The firing, that India claims was initiated by Pakistan and lasted for a little over an hour beginning at 0600 local time (0030 GMT), was significantly less elevated than the artillery fire exchanged by the two sides on Wednesday.


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