India & US insist Pakistan addresses global concerns on terrorism

Even as trade relations may not be all well between India and United States, the two countries did call for Pakistan to address global concerns regarding terrorism, especially that originates from its soil.

The concern was raised in an statement by the Indian Embassy in Washington after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and his American counterpart Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held Foreign Office Consultations at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State
Department.

“Both sides called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism,” the statement said.

The two countries also took the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership.

They also reviewed current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting.

The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea.

During the meeting, Mr Gokhale and Hale affirmed their support for increased cooperation to include advancing initiatives undertaken as part of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue process.

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