February 27, 2019 / 9:56 PM / 19 days ago

U.S. acting Pentagon chief focused on de-escalating India-Pakistan tensions

FILE PHOTO: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan gestures while speaking to members of the media aboard a military plane prior to his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan is focused on de-escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and urged them both to avoid further military action, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, without saying if he had spoken with his counterparts from either nation.

In a statement, the Pentagon said Shanahan had spoken with senior U.S. military officials about the situation.

“Acting Secretary Shanahan’s focus is on de-escalating tensions and urging both of the nations to avoid further military action,” the statement added.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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