US asks Pak-Indo to avoid lifting up tensions
WASHINGTON: The United States has asked India and Pakistan to avoid actions that increase tensions between the two countries after Mumbai strikes. Talking to media on Friday, the US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe pointed out that the White House had seen reports about both sides’ actions and was staying in touch with its embassies in the region.
“We hope that both sides will avoid taking steps that will unnecessarily raise tensions during these already tense times,
” Johndroe said. He said that the US continues to be in close contact with the two countries to urge closer cooperation in investigating into Mumbai attacks and in fighting terrorism generally.
Escalating tension not in Pak-Indo tension: Chinese FM
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has hoped that Pakistan and India would work together to combat terrorism. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday called on his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss bilateral relations, and global and regional situation. Both the Foreign Ministers expressed complete satisfaction over the smooth progress in Pakistan China strategic, political and economic cooperation.
It was noted that pace of economic interaction has gained momentum after the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to China in October and vowed to further promote bilateral cooperation. The Chinese Foreign Minister called for peace and stability in South Asia emphasizing that escalation of tensions was not in the interest of either India or Pakistan.
He assured that China would remain in close contact with Pakistan in the pursuance of peace and stability in the region. Discussing the present situation in South Asia, Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the need for India to pursue a policy of restraint and responsibility. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan was in full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1267 and that it was ready to conduct a joint investigation with India into the Mumbai incident, provided relevant evidence was furnished.
Terrorists want to escalate Pak-indo tension: Saudi FM
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal has said that terrorists wanted to fuel tension between Pakistan and India. Earlier, Saudi Foreign minister arrived in India and held talks with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee to ease Pak-Indo tension.
At a joint press conference after the meeting, Saud Al-Faisal said that the terrorists were attempting to increase Pak-Indo tension. On this occasion, Pranab Mukherjee pointed out that the terrorism was not an issue between India and Pakistan but a global menace.
“It was agreed that global terrorism has to be dealt with by joint action among all countries
” he said. Agreeing with Mukherjee’s views, Saudi Minister underlined that the best way to deal with terrorism was to “cut it out” and “destroy it completely” so that there is no repeat of tragedies like Mumbai.
India ups diplomatic drive, asks China to pressurise Pak
India has stepped up its diplomatic efforts to mount pressure on Pakistan with the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has had a 30 minute long talk with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi and asked China to step up pressure on Pakistan.
New Delhi is also engaging with Pakistan’s allies in the Gulf, like Saudi Arabia. Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al Faisal arrived in Delhi for talks with Pranab Mukherji on Friday. After the meeting, Prince Faisal said that the global terror had to be dealt with by jointly and without delay. “Terrorists want to create conflict between countries. We are urging the UN to create a special body to fight terror.”