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A terrorist attack like the one in Uri escalates tensions, says US

PTI, Washington: A terrorist attack like the one on an Indian Army camp in Uri “escalates tensions”, the US has

said, asking Pakistan to take action against UN-designated terrorist outfits and delegitimise them.
“Obviously, an (terrorist) attack like that (in Uri) escalates tensions. What I don’t want to do is try to get into, you know, some sort of broad characterisation one way or the other but obviously an attack like this is horrific and…”, US state department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.
The spokesperson was interrupted by a reporter mid-way that her question was about India’s response to the September 18 Uri attack .
“But the Indian response is that — is that the kind of escalation that Secretary Kerry was warning against?” the journalist asked referring to the telephonic conversation between the Secretary of State John Kerry and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier this week.
Kirby clarified that he was referring to the Uri terrorist attack.
On September 27, Kerry spoke with Swaraj. For technical reason, the conversation was spread over two separate calls.
“I can confirm for you that the secretary spoke with — on the 27th, so earlier this week, with Indian external affairs minister Swaraj and reiterated his strong condemnation of the September 18 Uri attack,” Kirby said.
“He condemned terrorism in all its forms and he cautioned against any escalation intentions,” he said.
Responding to questions, Kirby called for de-escalation of tension between the two countries.
“We’ve seen those reports (of Indian surgical attack), we’re following the situation closely as I think you can understand. We also understand that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication,” he said.
“We believe that continued communication is obviously important to reduce tensions. We’ve repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding the danger that terrorism poses to the region and we all know that terrorism in many ways knows no border,” Kirby said.

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