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US welcomes ceasefire agreement between Pakistan, India

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The United States welcomed the joint statement between Pakistan and India to observe a ceasefire – which initiated on February 25 – along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors, US State Department said in a press briefing.

“We encourage continued efforts to improve communication between the two sides and to reduce tensions and violence along the Line of Control,” department’s spokesperson Ned Price said adding that US has been very clear that it condemned the terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the LoC.

The announcement for a ceasefire was made simultaneously by both Islamabad and New Delhi after a telephonic conversation between senior military officials of the two countries a day earlier.

The rare joint statement came against the backdrop of worsening relations between the two countries since the Pulwama incident in February 2019.

“The director generals of military operations of India and Pakistan held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact,” said a joint statement issued by the Indian and Pakistani armies.

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