US wants Pak to take immediate and irreversible action on terrorism: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
The Trump administration has a very clear position on Pakistan and wants Islamabad to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action on reining in terror groups and to ensure that its soil is not used for terrorism, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, a day after the conclusion of the second India-US 2+2 dialogue.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper hosted Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for the second 2+2 dialogue in Washington DC on Wednesday. Jaishankar and Singh left the US on Thursday.
Jaishankar told a group of Indian journalists here on Thursday that the relationship between India and the US had expanded both in its scope and content.
He said the regional issues--including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and South East Asia--were discussed during the talks.
"With regard to Pakistan, what we heard was very clear position from the American side which was for them to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action regarding the fact that the territory under their control is being used for terrorism," he said.
The External Affairs Minister said important decisions were taken on space situational awareness and technical cooperation on water resources management during the talks.
The US has supported several Indian initiatives, including Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.
The natural focus for the discussions was foreign policy, defence and national security policies, he said.
In a major decision, the 2+2 ministerial decided to have Indian liaison officers with Bahrain-based US Naval Forces Central Command and possibly with the Special Operations Command, he said.
On the other hand, a US liaison officer is likely to be stationed at the Information Fusion Centre for the Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR), Jaishankar said.
The centre has been established by India to advance cooperation on maritime security across the region. According to the joint statement, they also discussed ways to enable closer Army-to-Army and Air Force-to-Air Force ties and to explore cooperation between Special Operations Forces, he said.