Pakistan is set to release a captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot today as "a peace gesture", but India yesterday indicated it was not in the mood for reconciliation, saying its military remains on "high alert" and reiterating that Pakistan was the aggressor.
President Trump said that he had "reasonably attractive news" that the tensions between India and Pakistan are likely to lessen a day after the nuclear-armed neighbors engaged in their first aerial combat in almost 50 years.
In a video message on Wednesday, Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, called for "dialogue" to ease tensions between the countries.
New Delhi also confirmed the loss of one of its planes and said it had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet.
While both sides have insisted they want to avoid escalation or war, the lack of direct government-to-government contact offers no clear way out of the crisis, and the United States - so often the peacebroker in past showdowns - has shown no signs of taking up such a pivotal role this time.
"We've been involved in trying to have them stop", Trump told reporters in Hanoi.
Earlier on Thursday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces a general election in a matter of months, told a rally of supporters that India would unite against its enemies.
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India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir, and have struggled with their bilateral relations. Thai Airways International announced on Thursday that it had cancelled flights to Pakistan and Europe, which left thousands of passengers stranded in Bangkok.
On Wednesday, India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, suggested at a news conference that Indian special forces carry out secret missions to capture terrorist leaders in Pakistan, invoking the 2011 U.S. Navy Seal operation to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
"I address the Indian government, do not force us for retaliation".
The two sides briefly exchanged fire across the contested border in Kashmir on Thursday.
Air Canada said it has temporarily suspended service to India because of Pakistan's airspace closure. "It was moderate", said Shaukat Yusufzai, an administration official in the Pakistan-controlled part of Poonch.
India acknowledged one of its MiG-21s, a Soviet-era fighter jet, was "lost" in skirmishes with Pakistan.
Pakistani Kashmiri residents evacuate from the border town of Chakothi in Pakistan administered Kashmir.
World powers have urged restraint as tensions escalate following tit-for-tat air strikes this week after a suicide auto bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14.