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Encourage India, Pakistan to avoid escalation: US

State Department spokesperson was responding to a question on alleged operations by India in other countries to eliminate terrorists.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller / Screengrab/State Department Briefing

The United States on Apr.16 said that it encourages both India and Pakistan to avoid escalation and find a resolution to their differences through dialogue.

“The United States is not going to get in the – into the middle of this, but we do encourage both India and Pakistan to avoid escalation and find a resolution through dialogue,” State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at a regular news conference in Washington, DC.

Miller was responding to a question on alleged operations by India in other countries to eliminate terrorists. “Indian Prime Minister Modi and his defense minister have said in a campaign speech that the new India will not hesitate to cross borders to kill terrorists. They are kind of confessing to the assassination of Nijjar in Canada, Kanu's murder to hire plot in New York, and killings in Pakistan. Is this a statement of concern for the Biden administration?” Miller was asked.

“In the past, the United States has imposed sanctions on individuals from foreign countries involved in assassination attempts here in the United States. But we don't see similar actions against India. What is the reason for this apparent relaxation?” the reporter asked.

“I am never going to preview any sanctions actions, which is not to say that there are any coming. But when you ask me to talk about sanctions, it's something that we don't discuss openly,” he said.

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