Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism

US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism

The concern was raised in an statement by the Indian Embassy in Washington after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and his American counterpart Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held Foreign Office Consultations at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

The meeting discussed tensions between Pakistan and India in the wake of February 14 Pulwama attack and the security situation in the region.

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

Welcoming the German Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with Germany, which are characterized by shared democratic values and multifaceted cooperation.

The Prime Minister briefed the German foreign minister on Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan and India as well as steps taken by his government towards de-escalation with latter.

The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

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He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has been elected on the agenda of change and the people will see change by the end of the tenure of the present government.

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

"They agreed that Pakistan needs to take concerted action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups in its territory".

The German Foreign Minister said terrorism is a global challenge.

"The prime minister also wrote a letter to India's prime minister [Narendra Modi] after coming to power and urged him to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue", he said, adding that the Kartarpur corridor was "one such example of Pakistan's desire for peace".

Trade across the LoC has allegedly been suspended after the Pakistan Air Force violated India's air space by targeting military positions on February 27.

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