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Foreign Secretary Gokhale to meet Pompeo, top US officials

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

will call on US of State and meet other senior officials of the here on Monday and exchange views on major foreign policy and security-related issues, officials said, amidst tensions between and after the terror attack.

Gokhale arrived in the US on Sunday for the bilateral Foreign Office Consultation and Strategic Security with his American counterparts, Under of State for Political Affairs and Under for Arms Control and International Security

While his 3-day US trip was scheduled much before the February 14 terrorist attack, Gokhale's meetings with Pompeo and his counterparts here this week are considered significant in view of the escalated tension between and in the aftermath of India's preemptive air strike on the largest terrorist training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot in and the subsequent developments.

Tensions between and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based terror group killed 40 personnel in Kashmir's district.

India has provided a dossier to Pakistan, detailing the role of in the Pulwama terror attack. India has also said that Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against and other terrorist organizations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan.

State Department Deputy Robert Palladino, during his bi-weekly conference last Tuesday, said Pompeo played an "essential role" in de-escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.

"Secretary Pompeo led diplomatic engagement directly, and that played an essential role in de-escalating the tensions between the two sides," he had said.

According to Pompeo's schedule for Monday released to the media, the State Department said the meeting between the US and Gokhale is scheduled on Monday morning.

"Secretary Pompeo meets with Indian Shri at the Department of State," the State Department said.

Protocol-wise, it is quite unusual for Pompeo to meet Gokhale, but over the last few years, the US Secretary of State has met the Foreign Secretary, including his predecessor S Jaishankar.

The foreign office consultation and strategic security with the US are regular high-level mechanisms to review bilateral relations, exchange views on major foreign policy and security-related developments and coordinate respective positions on issues of common interest, said.

Gokhale's visit comes as India intensifies its efforts to declare Pakistan-based JeM a global terrorist by the Security Council.

Last month, the US, the UK and made a fresh bid at the UN to ban Azhar. JeM is already a UN-designated terrorist organisation.

During his visit, the is also likely to meet with senior leaders in the and the US Congress.

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

First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 13:35 IST
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