India got a shot in the arm in its fight against terrorism as US National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and expressed condolences and assured support.
Washington DC: In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, US National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. In no uncertain terms, John backed India’s right to self-defence and offered India full support in its fight against terrorism.
Bolton said, "I told Ajit Doval that we support the right to self-defence of India. I spoke to him twice this morning, and expressed my condolences on behalf of the United States on the terrorist attack."
In what comes as a boost to India during trying times is the assertion that America is very clear about Pakistan ends supporting terrorist outfits.
US foreign minister Mike Pompeo has issued a warning of sorts to Pakistan in this regard.
He said, "We are quite clear on this (Pakistan ending support to terrorist outfits) and we will continue to talk to Pakistan on this."
Not just the foreign minister, even the press secretary of the White House Sarah Sanders has asked Pakistan to end supporting terrorism.
In a press statement, she said, "America appeals to Pakistan to stop supporting terrorist organizations from their land. The sole aim of the terrorists is to create chaos and violence in the region.”
However, while the US continues to extend a supporting hand to India, China refuses to back India’s bid to brand Masood as an international terrorist.
As many as 44 Indian soldiers laid down their lives on Thursday as Adil Ahmed, JeM member rammed his SUV into a CRPF bus.
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Last Updated Feb 16, 2019, 12:47 PM IST