US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism


Qureshi to encourage meaningful steps against JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said Pakistan faces a challenging situation on the western front in Afghanistan as well as the eastern front.

Over the last several weeks, the Indian Air Force has repeatedly reported downing Pakistani drones that allegedly invaded India's airspace in what New Delhi regards as reconnaissance missions.

Welcoming the German Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with Germany, which are characterized by shared democratic values and multifaceted cooperation.

The German foreign minister appreciated Pakistan's efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan, the statement added.

"Both sides called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the global community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism", Indian embassy said in a readout of Gokhale's meeting with his United States counterpart, under-secretary for political affairs David Hale.

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Qureshi said he also discussed with his German counterpart the idea of establishing a joint foreign trade chamber saying this will be a very positive step towards enhancing bilateral economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Gokhale is scheduled to participate in the India Strategic Dialogue, at the State Department on Tuesday morning with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

It is to be noted that both India and Afghanistan have repeatedly asked Pakistan to take credible measures in order to curb terrorism and terror groups operating from its territory.

The Foreign Minister reiterated German Chancellor Angela Merkel's invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Germany. "They also agreed that those who support or abet terrorism in any form should be held accountable", the statement said.

A Pakistan military officer admitted to "martyrdom" of more than 200 militants during Indian strike on Balakot, a Gilgit activist, based in the United States, tweeted on Wednesday.

Subsequently, there have been a number of instances of Pakistani drones trying to engage in reconnaissance in India.