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Pakistan assures United States to deal 'firmly' with all terrorists, says NSA Bolton

Pakistan assures United States to deal 'firmly' with all terrorists, says NSA Bolton

Bolton's call with Qureshi came during the ongoing visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

The Indian strike on the JeM camp 12 days after the terror group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the topmost priority of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is to revitalize the national economy.

The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

The German foreign minister appreciated Pakistan's efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan, the statement added. "The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India", Bolton said on Twitter.

While cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region formed an important part of their deliberations, they also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting.

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During the Gokhale-Pompeo talks in Washington on Monday, the U.S. official "affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism", according to his Spokesperson Robert Palladino.

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.

Secretary Gokhale conveyed India's appreciation to the US Government and to Secretary Pompeo personally for the firm support that India received from the US in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on the meeting.

Addressing the Business Leaders Summit in Islamabad, the foreign minister said, "We have a challenging situation on the western front in Afghanistan and we have a situation brewing on the eastern front".

Both India and Pakistan have equipped their militaries with nuclear weapons since they last went to war in 1971, raising fears that a future conflict could escalate into a nuclear exchange.

He said that India didn't reciprocate Pakistan's peace gestures.