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US reaffirms support to India in its fight against terrorism

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of State Michael R met with Indian Vijay on Monday and reaffirmed US support to in its fight against terrorism.

Robert Palladino, in a statement, said that and Gokahle discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the Pulwama terror attack to justice and the urgency of taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.

"affirmed that the stands with the people and in the fight against terrorism. Secretary Pompeo and discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to justice and the urgency of taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil," Palladino stated.

"They noted the strength of our partnership and discussed ways to further enhance cooperation, including on counterterrorism," he added.

The two officials also discussed Washington's complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, US-defense cooperation, and the growing US-India economic partnership, including joint efforts to expand bilateral trade in a balanced and reciprocal manner.

According to a statement released by the Indian Embassy in Washington, Pompeo expressed his understanding of India's concerns regarding cross -border terrorism.

"They (US) agreed that needs to take concerted action to dismantle the and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups in its territory," said the statement.

"They also agreed that those who support or abet terrorism in any form should be held accountable," added the statement.

It is worth noting that Pakistan-based (JeM) suicide bomber attacked CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 in which 40 jawans were killed.

In retaliation, (IAF) targeted JeM's largest training centre at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26 wee hours.

also expressed satisfaction over the significant progress and the quality of since Secretary Pompeo's visit to India in September last year for the first-ever Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue, the statement said.

Gokhale and Pompeo also discussed other issues of mutual interest including and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to closely work together in this regard.

In response to Pompeo's reference to bilateral trade matters, Gokhale underscored the significant reduction in the trade deficit in the last three years and conveyed India's willingness to remain engaged with the US for a meaningful and mutually acceptable package on trade issues.

According to reports, Pakistan discussed the regional security situation following Pulwama terror attack with US in a telephonic conversation on Monday.

A statement issued by noted that the purpose of the phone call was to provide him Pakistan's perspective on the recent regional developments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 02:29 IST
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