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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution.

“We are deeply concerned at the increasing tensions between the two countries,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Mr Guterres “stresses the importance of both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps” to de-escalate, while also offering to mediate “should both sides ask,” said Mr Dujarric.