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US asks Afghanistan and Pakistan to deescalate tension

US asks Afghanistan and Pakistan to deescalate tension

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Jun 16, 2016 - 10:49

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Wednesday asked Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon to de-escalate tension as it expressed concern over casualties on both the countries die to cross border firing.

“We're concerned by the recent clashes at the Torkham crossing point between Afghanistan and Pakistan. We have gotten reports that casualties have been taken on both sides,” the State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.          

The US was also concerned about reports of the presence of heavy weapons at the border, he said when asked about the cross border firing between the two South Asian neighbors.

“We continue to encourage the governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan to resolve their disagreements at the crossing point and to de-escalate tensions,” Kirby said.

Good relations between the two countries were key to the stability to the region, he said in response to a question.

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