Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Washington on Monday, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said.
In this meeting Vijay Gokhale foreign secretary conveyed appreciation to the US government and to secretary Pompeo personally for the firm support that India has received from US in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. He also appraised secretary Pompeo about recent developments in this regard.
U.S secretary Pompeo expressed his understanding of India’s concerns regarding cross-border terrorism and affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism.
During this meeting both sides agreed that Pakistan needs to take concerted action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to deny safe havens to all terrorist groups in its territory.
Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Secretary Gokhale discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil. They noted the strength of partnership between India and U.S and discussed ways to further enhance cooperation, including on counterterrorism.
They also discussed India and U.S complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, U.S.-India defense cooperation, and the growing U.S.-India economic partnership, including joint efforts to expand bilateral trade in a balanced and reciprocal manner.