Unites States on Tuesday said that it has been “closely following” the reports alleging Pakistan’s recent use of F-16 fighter jet aircraft against India.
Addressing a press conference at the White House Deputy, Spokesperson of U.S. Department of State, Robert Palladino said: “I can’t confirm anything, but as a matter of policy, we don’t publicly comment on the contents of bilateral agreements.”
Matters involving U.S. defence technologies and the communications that Washington has with other countries about that cannot be disclosed, he asserted.
Indian Air Force had found the use of F-16 by Pakistan in an attempt to target military establishment in India recently. State Department and the U.S. embassy in Islamabad said it is looking for more information on the matter.
Speaking on escalating tension between New Delhi and Islamabad following the Pulwama attack, the Deputy Spokesperson noted: “Our position – the position of the United States is we continue to urge both sides to continue to take steps to de-escalate the situation, and that includes through direct communication.”
Washington has been in “continuous – high-level contact” with both India and Pakistan, he added. “And we believe strongly that further military activity will exacerbate the situation. So we reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists sanctuary and to block their access to funds,” Palladino added.
Last week in Hanoi, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke to Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Palladino stated that it had further played an essential role in de-escalating the tensions between the two sides.