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Pompeo, Gokhale hold talks, say Pak must take 'concerted action' to dismantle terror groups

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and the US on Monday agreed that needs to take "concerted action" to dismantle as called on US of State and discussed major foreign policy and security-related issues 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

Gokhale and Pompeo expressed satisfaction over the significant progress and the quality of the since the Pompeo's visit to in September 2018 for the first ever Ministerial

2+2 Dialogue, the said in a statement.

The conveyed the appreciation to the and to Pompeo personally for the firm support that received from the US in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in in

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

"They agreed that 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.

The talks are considered significant in view of the escalated tension between India 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 Pakistan and the subsequent developments.

Tensions between India 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 organisations, 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.

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.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 21:00 IST