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Meaningfully address global concerns on terrorism, including cross-border attacks: India, US to Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

and the have asked to "meaningfully address" the international community's concerns on terrorism, including that emanating from across the border from

The concern was raised in an statement by the here after and his American counterpart Under for Political Affairs held Foreign Office Consultations here at the State Department, nearly a month after the terror attack.

"Both sides called on to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism," the statement said.

Tensions between and flared up after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group killed 40 personnel in Kashmir's district on February 14.

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

On Monday, Gokhale called on US and they agreed that Pakistan must take "concerted action" to dismantle and deny safe haven to all terror groups on its soil.

Gokhale and Hale also reaffirming their commitment to the and they reviewed the progress made since the first Ministerial 2+2 meeting held last September and discussed ways to further expand cooperation.

While cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region formed an important part of their deliberations, they also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting.

"They affirmed the vitality of the US-India strategic partnership and the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region," the State Department said, amidst increasingly flexing its muscles in the region.

The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region, comprising the and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the Sea.

asserts nearly all of the Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, and all claim parts.

During the meeting, Gokhale and Hale affirmed their support for increased cooperation to include advancing initiatives undertaken as part of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue process.

"Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners," the State Department said.

According to the Indian Embassy, Gokhale and Hale exchanged views on building convergence in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work with each other and regional partners to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and prosperity in the region.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 13:10 IST