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When John Kerry spoke to Sushma twice over 2 days

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:46 IST

When John Kerry spoke to top Indian leader, Sushma Swaraj, for the first time, it wasn't to congratulate her for something or express solidarity over the recent Uri attacks. It was to ask India not to escalate the situation with Pakistan.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has had two conversations over the last two days with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, reported sources. The conversations were over the increasing diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan. On Tuesday, India pulled out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad in November. Following this, three more nations - Afganisthan, Bangladesh and Bhutan - have also decided to skip the event. Today, New Delhi is to review the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan.

Swaraj was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly where she made a speech Monday, targeting Pakistan.

As India explores a range of diplomatic options to isolate Islamabad, the US State Department is keeping a close eye on developments in the subcontinent despite the ongoing US polls, reported the Indian Express.

According to sources, US has appreciated India, which has acted with a "lot of restraint" following the Uri attack.

First published: 29 September 2016, 9:13 IST
 
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