Pakistan must take meaningful action against terrorists on its soil, says Pompeo in meeting with Gokhale

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Mar 12, 2019, 06.38 AM(IST)

File photo: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Pompeo and foreign secretary Gokhale recognised the growing US-India economic partnership

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale met US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Washington on Monday evening as they discussed terrorism and the need for Pakistan to take "meaningful action" against terrorist groups.

India's foreign secretary Gokhale discussed the strength of India's partnership as both agreed on the importance of bringing the perpetrators of the Pulwama terrorist attack to justice.

Both men noted the strength of India-US partnership and discussed ways to further enhance cooperation including in counter-terrorism. They also sought complementary vision for Indo-Pacific and US-India defence cooperation.

Pompeo and foreign secretary Gokhale recognised the growing US-India economic partnership, including joint efforts to expand bilateral trade in a balanced and reciprocal manner.

During his three-day visit, India's foreign secretary is also likely to meet with senior leaders in the US administration and US Congress. Gokhale is expected to meet Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson.

During the Pulwama attack, Gokhale had briefed the media during which he had said there was credible information information that  Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group was attempting suicide attacks at various parts of the country, as a result a pre-emptive strike became important and India struck the biggest camp of JeM at Balakot.

Gokhale had said that India was firmly and resolutely committed to taking all measures to fight the menace of terrorism and that Indian Air Force strike at Balakot was "non-military pre-emptive" action targeted specifically at JeM camp.

The strike was aimed with a desire to to avoid civilian casualties, he had informed the media days after IAF planes stuck JeM terror targets deep inside Pakistan at Balakot in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26th.