Downing Street released an official statement, in which, Prime Minister Theresa May said that the United Kingdom is ‘deeply concerned’ over the rising tensions in India and Pakistan.
The PM’s official statements come after the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian aircraft inside its air space and captured one of the Indian airforce pilots.
“The UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan and urgently calls for restraint on both sides to avoid further escalation,” said May.
“We are in regular contact with both countries, urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability. We are working closely with international partners including through the United Nations Security Council to de-escalate tensions,” stated the official statement quoting UK PM Theresa May.
Earlier today, In an official address Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan once again invited India for talks and urged better sense should prevail.
Britain’s junior Foreign Office minister Mark Field said he will speak with Indian and Pakistani envoys on Wednesday to urge their countries to exercise restraint after both sides said they shot down each other’s fighter jets.
Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, the first time in history that two nuclear-armed powers have done so, while ground forces have exchanged fire in more than a dozen locations.
“I shall be speaking to both the Indian and Pakistani High Commissioners this afternoon and will continue to press for the importance of restraint,” Field said in parliament.