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US stands with India in fighting terrorism, says Pompeo

The United States stands with India in fighting terrorism, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has told India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale during their discussions on the “urgency” of Pakistan taking action against terror groups, according to a US official.
Mar 12, 2019
WASHINGTON: The United States stands with India in fighting terrorism, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has told India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale during their discussions on the “urgency” of Pakistan taking action against terror groups, according to a US official.
 
In the first high-level face-to-face India-US encounter after the Pulwama terrorist attack, Pompeo “affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism”, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said on Monday after the talks in Washington.
 
He said that they discussed “the importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil”.
 
Gokhale is visiting Washington for diplomatic consultations and strategic security dialogue with the US and he is scheduled to meet Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson. He is also expected to meet US lawmakers.
 
The Embassy of India said in a statement, “Pompeo expressed his understanding of India's concerns regarding cross-border terrorism. They agreed that Pakistan needs to take concerted action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups in its territory. They also agreed that those who support or abet terrorism in any form should be held accountable”.

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