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Countries appeal for peace from India & Pakistan

February 28, 2019

The heightened tension between India and Pakistan has the rest of the world worried. Several countries have called for restraint given the tense situation since Tuesday morning, when Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the border to hit a terror camp in Balakot.

Many countries are calling upon India and Pakistan to resume peace talks like Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and the United States. Countries in the immediate neighbourhood such as Sri Lanka and Nepal are also worried as is the European Union.

Russia made a statement asking India and Pakistan to "show restraint and step up efforts to resolve existing problems".

We are ready to further assist in strengthening the counter-terrorism potential of New Delhi and Islamabad. - Government of Russia

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China was hopeful that India and Pakistan would show restraint keeping the peace and stability of the region in mind. "We hope they can enhance their dialogue with fundamental interests in mind, and avoid taking any action that may further deteriorate the situation," said Lu.

Both Nepal and Sri Lanka have emphasized upon the need for "peace and stability in South Asia".

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called upon the two countries to avoid tensions from rising. Pompeo also urged the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to take action against terrorism, stressing on the "urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

The European Union (EU) pushed for peace in the subcontinent, telling India and Pakistan to understand the "dangerous consequences" of the rising tensions in the region.

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