NEW DELHI: Today, India and the United States condemned the cross border terrorism in the third edition of the Indo-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue. Both the countries directed Pakistan to act on terrorism, and should not permit its territory to be used for the terrorist attack. “Pakistan should take an immediate, sustained, and irreversible action to ensure no territory under its control is used for launching terror attacks,” they mentioned.

During the ministerial meeting, both the countries denounced the use of terrorist proxies, and strongly condemned cross-border terrorism. “There is a need for collaborative action against all terrorist networks, including al-Qaeda, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen,” they mentioned. In the meeting, the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were present along with, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper. Both sides were accompanied by their top military, and security officials. This year, the India-US Counter-Terrorism Joint Working Group had met previously.

The statement released after the meeting mentioned that Pakistan had to take immediate, sustained, and, irreversible action to assure that none of its territories will be used for terrorist attacks. During the meeting, the Officials mentioned the 26/11 Mumbai attack. They also spoke about the Uri, and Pathankot attack. “Pakistan needs to punish the culprits, and planners of all such attacks including 26/11, Uri, and Pathankot,” the officials stated. They also exchanged information on sanctions and designations against terror groups and individuals.

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