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US pleased to see UN designating JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 26, 2019, 08.08 PM (IST)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that the US is pleased to see the UN designating JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

Recently India voted against Palestinian NGO that supported terrorism at the UN and showed rewarding terrorism is wrong, he said.

"India is more and more standing up on world stage and the US welcomes its assertiveness," Pompeo said.

"India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let's stand up together for religious freedom for all, let's speak out strongly together in favour of those rights for whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off," Pompeo said in his India policy speech at the India International Centre here.

He hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, saying they are leaders who aren't scared to take risks and the two countries are poised to do "incredible things together".

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Meanwhile, during the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo here, the Indian side shared its concern over the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, while underlining the need for stability required for meeting its energy needs and ensuring the safety of its diaspora there.

The two leaders discussed India's deal with Russia for procurement of five S-400 missile defence systems which the US wants to be scrapped, with Jaishankar making it clear to Pompeo that the Modi government will take a decision which is the country`s interest.

The US Secretary of State described Iran as the "world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism" and said he shared with Jaishankar his perspective of the threat emanating from the Persian country, not in the "narrow confines of the region but the whole world."

(With inputs from PTI)