NEW DELHI - The United States and India have raised concerns regarding the alleged use of “terrorist proxies” by Pakistan in the region.
The statement was made during the Inaugural India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, a day after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs Marine Corps Chairman General Joseph Dunford’s visit to Pakistan where both countries had agreed to reset the strained relations between the two countries.
In a joint statement issued after the ministerial dialogue attended by India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman and Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, both countries urged Pakistan to “bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri, and other [alleged] cross-border terrorist attacks” to justice.
Moreover, the participants of the dialogue welcomed the “launch of a bilateral dialogue on designation of terrorists in 2017, which is strengthening cooperation and action against terrorist groups, including al Qaida, Islamic State (IS), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Hizb-ul Mujahideen (Hizb), the Haqqani Network, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), D-Company, and their affiliates”.
Welcoming the expansion of bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, the “two sides announced their intent to increase information-sharing efforts on known or suspected terrorists and to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2396 on returning foreign terrorist fighters”.