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Pakistan assures US to deal 'firmly' with all terrorists, says NSA Bolton

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has assured the US that it will deal "firmly" with all terrorists operating from the country and take steps to de-escalate tensions with India, according to John

Such an assurance was given by during a phone call on Monday, said in a tweet on a day when called on US of State here.

"Spoke with Pakistani FM Qureshi to encourage meaningful steps against JeM and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan," said.

"The FM assured me that would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to de-escalate tensions with India," he tweeted.

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

In Islamabad, said the purpose of Qureshi's call was to provide Bolton Pakistan's perspective on the "recent regional developments."

Qureshi said that Pakistan decided to hand over the pilot as a gesture of goodwill towards Pakistan wished peace and stability in the region, he was quoted as telling the US

The also informed Bolton that Pakistan's High to has returned to after consultations.

During talks between Gokhale and Pompeo, the continued to maintain pressure on Pakistan, according to a readout of the meeting issued by the State Department.

"Pompeo and Gokhale discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the (Pulwama) attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil," State Department said.

Pompeo affirmed that the stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism, he said.

"They noted the strength of our partnership and discussed ways to further enhance cooperation, including on counter-terrorism," Palladino said.

Secretary Gokhale conveyed India's appreciation to the and to Secretary Pompeo personally for the firm support that India received from the US in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, the said in a statement on the meeting.

Secretary Pompeo expressed his understanding of India's concerns regarding cross-border terrorism, it said.

"They agreed that Pakistan needs to take concerted action to dismantle the and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups in its territory. They also agreed that those who support or abet terrorism in any form should be held accountable," the statement said.

Amid mounting outrage in India over the terror attack, the carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

The next day, retaliated and downed a in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

The escalation of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours prompted the major powers to intervene and urged both Pakistan and India to de-escate.

Pompeo was directly in touch with the leadership of both India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions. The international community also mounted pressure on to act against the terror groups operating from the country and stop providing safe havens to them.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 13:35 IST