President Bush is urging India and Pakistan to try to avoid military conflict over Kashmir. The comments follow word of rising tensions in the disputed region.
India says it opened fire across the cease-fire line in Kashmir to stop infiltrators from neighboring Pakistan.
President Bush is calling for both sides to show restraint. "I think it is very important that India and Pakistan stand down during our activities in Afghanistan and, for that matter, forever," he says.
Mr. Bush spoke with reporters after talks at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. His comments on Kashmir were brief, and he emphasized he wanted to get more details about the situation.
The President noted that Secretary of State Colin Powell is in the region. He said Mr. Powell wants to talk to leaders in India and Pakistan about reducing tensions over Kashmir.