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U.S., India discuss defence, counter-terrorism cooperation

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

U. S. Security Advisor (NSA) Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster emphasized the importance of U. S.-strategic relationship and reaffirmed India's designation as a major defence partner.

The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-cooperation.

The visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in and

The U. S. NSA departed from today after productive meetings with Prime Minister Modi, Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

McMaster yesterday Prime Minister and discussed bilateral ties, situation and rising tensions between India,


Gen. McMaster also Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in

Aziz briefed Lt. Gen. McMaster on the policies being pursued by the that have resulted in improved security environment and economic turnaround in the country.

The Dawn quoted Aziz, as saying that that remains determined to continue its fight as part of the Action Plan until is completely eliminated from the country.

Expressing Pakistan's concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Aziz reaffirmed Islamabad's commitment to working with the international community to support peace efforts in Afghanistan.

He also stressed on the importance of effective border management to achieve sustainable peace in the region.

Lt. Gen. McMaster thanked Aziz and acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in combating extremism and He renewed the commitment of the new administration to work closely with in strengthening mutually beneficial relations and towards the shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Lt. Gen. McMaster, who is on his maiden visit to after being elected as President Donald Trump's Security Advisor, will next visit to assess the situation in the two countries and then report back to the White House.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 13:33 IST