US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism

Pakistan assures US it will deal 'firmly' with terrorists

US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism

The Prime Minister apprised the German Foreign Minister on the current regional situation, including India and Afghanistan as well as the steps taken by his government towards de-escalation.

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". And National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote shortly after on Twitter he had asked Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to take "meaningful" steps toward combatting terrorism.

Bolton's call with Qureshi came during the ongoing visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

The Foreign Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had released the captured Indian pilot Abhinandan as a goodwill gesture despite India's belligerent posture.

The Foreign Minister also informed Mr. Bolton that Pakistan's High Commissioner to India had returned to Delhi after consultations.

The German foreign minister appreciated Pakistan's efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan, the statement added.

It is indeed a great milestone as the weapon has been developed, integrated and qualified exclusively through indigenous efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers, said a press release issued here by Directorate of Media Affairs of PAF.

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The State Department said the diplomats spoke of "the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

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

The minister said that several opportunities were lost because of the wave of terrorism in the country.

"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".

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.

Tensions between the two nuclear powers have escalated since the Indian Air Force targeted an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps in Pakistan's Balakot last month.

"Recognizing that the U.S. 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.

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