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India, US corner Pak over terrorism, seek 'tangible, irreversible' action

The US support to India was expressed by American NSA John Bolton during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Vijay Gokhale

and the sought "tangible and irreversible action" by against terrorist groups and leaders, with the security advisor saying stands shoulder-to-shoulder with in its fight against

The US support to was expressed by American NSA during a meeting with on Wednesday.

"Met with Indian FS Gokhale to advance progress on the US-strategic partnership & our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific, as well as reiterate that the US stands shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism," Bolton said in a tweet.

Post the by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, Bolton and US have emerged as strong supporters of the India-US relationship.

"Both underlined the importance of taking tangible and irreversible action against terrorist groups based in territories under its control and denial of safe haven for these groups to launch cross -border attacks," the said in a readout of the meeting.

However, the US support came on a day for the fourth time blocked a bid to get chief designated a global terrorist by the

put a technical hold on the move by the US, the UK and France, seeking "more time to examine" the proposal, a at the has told PTI.

A day after the attack killed 40 CRPF jawans, Bolton had told his Indian counterpart that the US supports India's right to self-defence as tensions escalated with

On Feb 26, India carried out air strike on the biggest training camp deep inside Pakistan in a "preemptive" raid. A day later, Pakistani jets violated Indian air space and downed a Bison.

Pakistan captured the pilot but returned him soon under international pressure.

On Monday, after Gokhale met Pompeo, Bolton tweeted he had spoken to Pakistan to "encourage meaningful steps against JeM and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan."

Other issues discussed during the Indian foreign secretary's meeting on Wednesday included and bilateral matters.

Gokhale also met and ranking member of the and leaders of the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees.

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 07:20 IST