2+2 Dialogue: India-U.S jointly asks Pakistan to act against terror

Mike Pompeo Sushma Swaraj

India and U.S had a 2+2 dialogue on Thursday in New Delhi where both the countries mentioned Pakistan twice in the context to take actions against terror attacks and terrorism. The countries even referred 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, raising hope that Trump government will walk the talk on ramping up diplomatic pressure on India’s neighbour to rein in terrorist outfits.

The 2+2 dialogue held between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and U.S Counterparts Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James N Mattis. Both the countries strongly urged Pakistan to take various measures to stop cross border terrorism.

“India supports President Trump’s South Asia Policy. His call for Pakistan to stop its policy of supporting cross-border terrorism finds resonance with us,” Swaraj said.

In a joint-statement issued post-meeting, the sides also decided to increase “information-sharing efforts on known or suspected terrorists.”

India and US also welcomed the launch of a bilateral dialogue on designation of terrorists in 2017, which includes strengthening of terrorist groups like al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Islamic State, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Haqqani Network, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, DCompany, and their affiliates.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Wednesday before landing to India and asked Khan to take “sustained and decisive measures” against terrorists threatening regional peace and stability.

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