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'Focused on pressing Pak to take sustained, irreversible action on terrorist groups on its soil'

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The is "focused on pressing to take sustained, irreversible action on terrorist groups operating on its soil" and is "working with others in the international community to achieve this goal" in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based

The statement also comes following blocking a proposal - for the fourth time - in the to list JeM under the UN sanctions committee.

"The events of the past few weeks have underscored that the US-relationship is a global and long-term partnership, that we will stand by each other in times of crisis, and that we are working diligently to expand our habits of cooperation...We stood publicly and resolutely with in its response to the attack, as you saw in our statements while joining the international community in encouraging both sides to avoid military escalation, de-escalate tensions, and communicate directly," a Senior noted.

"Now we are focused on pressing to take sustained, irreversible action on terrorist groups operating on its soil, and we are working with others in the international community to achieve this goal," they further said.

Talking about Vijay Gokhale's recent visit to Washington, the outlined that the visit "demonstrated the transformation of our strategic relationship".

"My overarching conclusion from the visit is that US-strategic interests are broadly aligned, structural, and deep; that our relationship will continue to thrive; and that commitment to this relationship transcends party lines both here and in We see eye to eye on Indo-Pacific issues, the pressing need to confront terrorism, and the critical importance of the growing US-India defence relationship," the mentioned.

The official stated the outcomes from Gokhale's meeting with US of State "The Secretary's visit started with a meeting with Pompeo, who emphasized that the stands with India in the fight against and that we are committed to assisting India in bringing those responsible for the reprehensible Pulwama attack to justice. The two also discussed expanding our defence and economic partnership, our complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, and our appreciation for India's contributions in Afghanistan, as well as continued support for the mission of Special Khalilzad," the said.

"We then held the Office Consultations, led by Under Secretary for Political Affairs on our side, reinvigorating an important mechanism in which the and India get together to compare notes on global issues and talk about our cooperation throughout the This year's consultations included discussion of developments in the DPRK (North Korea), Iran, and It was clear in these conversations that we have many joint goals and priorities," the official stated.

"Gokhale also co-chaired the Strategic Security Dialogue with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson; and members of his delegation held the India-US Space Dialogue with for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Yleem Poblete. These discussions focused on some of the most pressing global threats and reaffirmed our commitment to working together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, and confronting threats in space. Our consultations with India on these issues are of the same nature as those with our closest allies, demonstrating the level of trust and cooperation between our two governments. And, as was the case throughout Gokhale's visit, these conversations were frank, substantive, and strategic," the official mentioned.

The official also outlined the meeting of the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) this week, co-chaired by US Under and Sustainment, Ellen Lord, and Indian Production, Ajay Kumar, "which focused on encouraging US and Indian industry to work together and develop next-generation technologies".

"DTTI included updates on ongoing projects and collaborative opportunities in land, naval, air, and technologies; a meeting with US and Indian industry representatives; a visit to to tour the USS and destroyer USS Bainbridge; and a visit to a US defence company. I...wanted to mention this to further underscore the multifaceted nature of our partnership with India as captured by just one week's worth of meetings," the official stated.

Speaking on the economic front, the official said: "The United States is proud to be India's largest export market and most important economic partner, but we have struggled with regulatory issues that get in the way of the ease of doing business and market access for American companies and products. And despite intensive engagement with the for nearly a year, India did not assure the United States that it would provide equitable and reasonable access to its market, which led to its termination from the Generalized System of Preferences program."

"While we were pleased that growing US exports to India, largely and LNG, led to a 7.1 per cent reduction in our bilateral goods trade deficit last year, many structural challenges in our trade relationship have yet to be resolved. Trade has frankly been an area of frustration in the relationship, but the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table," they stated.

The official also appreciated the of India to the USA, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, before concluding. "I want to note that I attended a dinner last night at which Indian Shringla spoke eloquently and in great detail about the value and positive trajectory of our bilateral relationship. Only here for less than two months, Shringla has already made an extraordinary impression here in DC, and we look forward to working with him in the months and years to come," the official mentioned.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 09:01 IST
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