US urges citizens to leave India, Pakistan


The United States has "strongly" urged its citizens to leave India and Pakistan, bolstering its travel advice as fears persist that war could erupt between the two rivals.

"The Department strongly urges that American citizens in India depart the country," the State department said in an updated travel warning. It also advised Americans in Pakistan to depart immediately.

US citizens warned last month to defer travel to India and Pakistan, as the US government said it could not rule out a military clash between the two.

It also advised those US citizens already in the country to consider leaving, as tensions flared between the two bitter rivals.

Earlier today, the British Foreign Office advised Britons to leave India and Pakistan, hardening previous advice that they should "consider" leaving as tensions increased between the nuclear neighbours.