US urges Afghanistan, Pakistan to exercise restraint
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Tuesday said it was closely watching the ongoing tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the aftermath of border skirmishesthat resulted in casualties on both sides.
“I could tell you we are all watching the tensions very closely, that we are in touch with officials on both sides,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.
The US continued to urge a resolution to the tension, he said, adding they did not want to see clashes or violence across the Afghan-Pakistan border. “We don’t want to see it get worse,” he said.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and PakistanRichard Olson visited the two countries over the weekend.In Islamabad, Olson met Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif.
In Kabul, he held talks with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah and National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar. He also met Resolute Support Commander Gen. John Nicholson, Kirby said.
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