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Secretary of State Kerry expresses ‘enormous’ concern over India-Pakistan tensions

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry is voicing “enormous” concern over heightened tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan.

The hostility between the South Asian neighbors dates back seven decades, but tough talk between them has intensified recently, adding to strains that have grown since nationalist Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office a year ago.

Kerry told reporters that he had spoken Tuesday with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on how to reduce the tensions in the days and weeks ahead. He said that Sharif had just spoken with India’s prime minister.

Pakistan last week reacted angrily to comments by Modi that reportedly acknowledged Indian forces had a role in the war that created Bangladesh, part of Pakistan until 1971, when separatists won independence after a war.

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