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Canada urges India, Pakistan to engage in dialogue

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (C, Front) speaks to reporters before a new round of trade talks at Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington D.C., the United States, on Sept. 5, 2018. Negotiators from the United States and Canada on Wednesday resumed trade talks here to bridge their differences on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after the two sides failed to reach a deal last week. (Xinhua/Yang Chenglin/IANS) by .
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (C, Front)

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has urged India and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any further military escalation over rising tensions between the two countries…reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (C, Front) speaks to reporters before a new round of trade talks at Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington D.C., the United States, on Sept. 5, 2018. Negotiators from the United States and Canada on Wednesday resumed trade talks here to bridge their differences on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after the two sides failed to reach a deal last week. (Xinhua/Yang Chenglin/IANS) by .
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (C, Front)

In a statement issued, Freeland said that “Canada is gravely concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan”.

“Dialogue between India and Pakistan is needed to identify a durable diplomatic solution and maintain peace and security in the region,” the minister said.

Early Wednesday, Pakistan said it took one Indian pilot into custody, a day after Indian fighter jets conducted an air strike in Pakistan.

Hostilities between the two countries have increased since a suicide attack in Kashmir killed over 40 Indian soldiers earlier this month. India’s air strikes this week represented the country’s first attack inside Pakistan since 1971.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for peace talks between the two nations on Wednesday.

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