US stands with India in fight against terrorism: John Bolton

NSA John Bolton.
NSA John Bolton.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday met senior officials of the Donald Trump administration in Washington and raised the issue of Pakistan supported terrorism and also exchange views on major foreign policy and security-related issues.

 American NSA John Bolton met Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday to advance progress on the US-India 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. 

 However, the US support came on a day China for the fourth time blocked a bid to get Jaish chief Masood Azhar designated a global terrorist by the UN Security Council. 

China put a technical hold on the move by the US, the UK and France, seeking “more time to examine” the proposal, a diplomat at the United Nations has said. Post the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have emerged as strong supporters of the India-US relationship. 

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

 Gokhale's US trip was scheduled much before the February 14 Pulwama terrorist attack, Mr Gokhale's meetings with Mr Pompeo and his counterparts are being considered significant.

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