Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on May 20th that the United States helped to avert a potential nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan. He said that the U.S. was “in the middle” of the crisis and “worked diligently” to help the two South Asian countries reach an agreement to de-escalate tensions.
Pompeo noted that Washington was in “constant communication” with both countries and urged them to “avoid any kind of military action”. He added that the U.S. was “very pleased” that both sides agreed to “sit down, talk, and resolve their differences”.
The crisis was sparked by a deadly suicide attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14th that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. Pakistan denied any involvement in the attack, but India launched an airstrike against what it said was a training camp for militants in Pakistani territory. Pakistan retaliated by sending fighter jets into Indian-controlled Kashmir and shooting down an Indian warplane.