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"India Looking At Something Very Strong", Says US President Donald Trump Slamming Pakistan In The Aftermath Of Pulwama Attack

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  • US president responded to questions on last week's terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 Indian security personnel were martyred
  • Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation: Trump

Describing the current situation between India and Pakistan as "very, very bad", US President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration was in contact with both sides and hoped hostilities would soon end in the Valley.

"Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it (hostilities) stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that (process)," Trump told reporters at the Oval Office.

The US president was responding to questions on last week's terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 Indian security personnel were killed. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too," Trump said, adding that his administration was talking to authorities in both countries.

"We're talking. A lot of people are. It's going to be a very, very delicate balance. There is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened," he said.

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The president said the US has improved ties with Pakistan and works are on for meetings with Pakistan leaders and officials.

"I stopped paying Pakistan the USD 1.3-billion that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Pakistan was taking very strong advantage of the United States under other presidents. We were paying Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year. I ended that payment, because they were not helping us in the way they should have," Trump said.

He said the United States' relation with Pakistan has developed in the last few months.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, had earlier extended support to India's right to self-defense. Bolton had telephoned India's NSA Ajit Doval on the morning of February 16 to express his condolences for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and offered the US' full support to India in confronting terrorism.

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(With agency inputs)

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