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US asks Pakistan to urgently take meaningful action

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 27, Feb 2019, 10:05 am IST | UPDATED: 09, Mar 2019, 16:32 pm IST

US asks Pakistan to urgently take meaningful action

Delhi: The United States of America has asked Pakistan to urgently take "meaningful action" against terrorists based in its soil. The response from the US comes a day after the Indian Air Force conducted airstrikes against camps of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Pakistan.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he has communicated to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi about the "urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorists groups operating on its soil".

In his statement, Pompeo described the airstrikes by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, Pakistan, as "counter-terrorism actions".
 
He said after the airstrikes he spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and emphasised upon the "close security partnership" and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region.

Pomeo said he also called up Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi "to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

The US has also urged the India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost. "I also encourage both ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity."

FULL TEXT OF MIKE POMPEO'S STATEMENT:

"Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasize our close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region. I also spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil. I expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint,, and avoid escalation at nay cost. I also encourage both ministers to prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity."

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