2+2 Dialogue: India, US urge Pakistan to act against terror

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Following the inaugural of 2+2 Dialogue between India and the United States of America on September 6 both the countries urged Pakistan to ensure that its country is not used to launch terrorist attacks on others and bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators of the Mumbai (2008), Pathankot (2016), Uri (2016) and other cross-border terrorist attacks.

The stern warning to Pakistan came after India and the US held their 2+2 dialogue in which External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held wide-ranging talks with Michael R Pompeo, US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

The joint statement issued at the end of dialogue said, “On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, they called on Pakistan to bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri and other cross-border terrorist attacks.”

“The Ministers welcomed the launch of a bilateral dialogue on designation of terrorists in 2017, which is strengthening cooperation and action against terrorist groups, including Al-Qa’ida, ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, D-Company and their affiliates. The two sides further reaffirmed their commitment to ongoing and future cooperation to ensure a stable cyberspace environment and to prevent cyber-attacks,” joint statement reads.

“The ministers denounced any use of terrorist proxies in the region, and in this context, they called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries,” statement said.