The US today said it is “firmly committed” to the partnership with India and the two nation’s “joint efforts to combat terrorism”.
Within hours of India announcing that it had held surgical strikes on launch pads across the Line of Control — where terrorists were placed to infiltrate into India for attacks — the US said its ambassador to United Nations, Susan Rice, has spoken to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Ambassador Rice told Mr Doval that the US is “firmly committed to our partnership with India and to our joint efforts to combat terrorism,” said US press secretary John Earnest. The US, she had further said, was prepared to “deepen collaborations on UN terrorist designations” and expects that Pakistan will take “effective action to combat and delegitimize UN designated terrorist individuals and entities”.
The US also said it “continues to be concerned” about the dangers of cross border terrorism poses to the region.
US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said, “Obviously Uri was an attack that escalates tensions. US deeply committed to combat and delegitimize LeT, JeM & Haqqani network.”
He also emphasised on India and Pakistan’s need to improve communications.
“An attack like that escalates tensions,” Mr Kirby said. “Our message to both sides is the same, to encourage them to increase communication to deal with this threat and avoid steps that escalates the tension.”
On Thursday India had announced that it had carried out surgical strikes on Wednesday night at seven places across the Line of Control. The strikes were seen as the first major military action after the terror attack at an army camp in Kashmir’s Uri, in which 18 soldiers had died.
Pakistan has said India’s announcement of the strike is “a lie” and that it lost two soldiers in unprovoked cross-border firing by India.