June 1999 News

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Clinton calls up Vajpayee, appreciates India's restraint

15 June 1999
India Today

New Delhi: US President Bill Clinton on Monday night spoke to Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on telephone and appreciated India's restraint in Kargil where troops are fighting to flush out Pakistan backed infiltrators.

Clinton's 10 minute call to Vajpayee covered the situation caused by the Pakistan backed intrusion across the Line of Control (LoC). Sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Vajpayee explained India's position to the US President and he recognised the restraint exercised by India so far. During the conversation, Clinton informed Vajpayee that he was also in touch with the Pakistani side so that the situation does not escalate.

Clinton's call assumes significance in the context of the US President's earlier letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take immediate steps to defuse the situation in Kargil and respect the LoC.

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