US wants Pakistan to take immediate and irreversible action on terrorism


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The Trump administration has a very clear position on Pakistan and wants Islamabad to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action on reining in terror groups and to ensure that its soil is not used for terrorism , External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, a day after the conclusion of the second India-US 2+2 dialogue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper hosted Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for the second 2+2 dialogue in Washington DC on Wednesday. Jaishankar and Singh left US on Thursday.

Jaishankar told a group of Indian journalists here on Thursday that the relationship between India and the US had expanded both in its scope and content.

He said the regional issues – including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and South East Asia – were discussed during the talks.

“With regard to Pakistan, what we heard was very clear position from the American side which was for them to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action regarding the fact that territory under their control is being used for terrorism,” he said.

The External Affairs Minister said important decisions were taken on space situational awareness, technical co-operation on water resources management during the talks.

The US has supported several Indian initiatives including Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.

The natural focus for the discussions were foreign policy, defense and national security policies, he said.

The Indian Telegraph
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