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Qureshi briefs Bolton about steps taken by Pakistan to de-escalate recent tensions with India

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

on Monday briefed US about the measures taken by to de-escalate tensions with following the terror attack.

Tensions flared up between and after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's district on February 14.

Amid mounting outrage, the carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside on February 26.

The next day, retaliated and downed a in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to on March 1.

The (FO) said that Qureshi and Bolton, during their telephonic conversation, discussed regional security situation following the incident.

"The purpose of the call was to provide him Pakistan's perspective on the recent regional developments," the FO said.

Qureshi's call to Bolton came ahead of Vijay Gokhale's meetings with top Trump Administration officials, including Mike Pompeo, in

Qureshi said the Indian "aggression" of February 26 was a violation of Pakistan's territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as the UN Charter.

He also said that Pakistan's response on February 27 was "purely in self-defence against external aggression".

The FO said the "informed Bolton about the de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan".

Qureshi said that decided to hand over the Indian pilot as a gesture of goodwill towards India. Pakistan wished peace and stability in the region.

He said Pakistan's High has returned to after consultations.

would send an official delegation to India on March 14 to discuss the modalities for the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Corridor, also was ready to continue with the weekly meeting at the level of the of Military Operations, the said.

Bolton said that he and Pompeo, despite being actively engaged in talks with in Hanoi, monitored the developments between India and Pakistan and kept contact with the leadership of two countries to ensure that the security situation in the region did not deteriorate, the statement said.

Bolton appreciated Pakistan's measures which had helped lowering the tension and urged continued restraint on both sides, it said.

"The need for dialogue between Pakistan and India to find peaceful resolution to all outstanding disputes was also emphasized," the FO statement said.

"The Foreign Minister cautioned against any Indian misadventure, keeping in view the forthcoming elections. Bolton concurred," it said.

It said that Bolton also appreciated Pakistan's important role in the Afghan peace process. Both leaders agreed to work together to pursue the process.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 21:00 IST
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