The international community on Wednesday urged Pakistan and India to exercise restraint and refrain from escalating tensions, hours after Pakistan carried out air strikes and shot down two Indian jets, a day after Indian warplanes violated the Line of Control.
UK concerned about rising tensions
Urging restraint on both sides, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said the United Kingdom was deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan.
“The UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan and urgently calls for restraint on both sides to avoid further escalation,” Reuters quoted May as saying in the British parliament.
She said the UK was in contact with both countries and was urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability.
“We are working closely with international partners including through the UN Security Council to de-escalate tensions.”
Iran urges restraint, offers to mediate
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke on Wednesday on phone with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and offered mediation between India and Pakistan, Reuters reported.
Zarif urged both countries to practice restraint, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. ISNA said Zarif is going to speak to his Indian counterpart as well, but did not specify any date.
EU’s Mogherini urges ‘utmost restraint’
European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini called on India and Pakistan to show the “utmost restraint” in their worsening confrontation as fears grow of all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals, AFP reported.
“This has the potential to lead to serious and dangerous consequences for the two countries and the wider region. We expect both countries to now exercise utmost restraint and avoid any further escalation of the situation,” European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said.