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Pakistan must ensure none of its territory is used for terrorist attacks: India-US statement

India and the United States issued a joint statement on Thursday urging Pakistan to take all necessary measures to curb terror activities emanating from its soil. The two nations also demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan-led regime to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of terrorist attacks in India to justice.

The joint statement, which was issued after the 17th meeting of the India-US Counter-Terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue, both the countries strongly condemned the cross-border terrorism in all its forms and denounced the use of terror proxies.

The statement read, "India and US underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take an immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks."

"Pakistan should also expeditiously bring to justice perpetrators of terrorist attacks including 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot," it read.

According to the statement, the US reiterated its support for the people and the government of India in the fight against terrorism.

The two countries also exchanged views on threats posed by UN-sanctioned terrorist entities and emphasised the need for concerted action against all terrorist networks, including al-Qa'ida, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hizb-ul Mujahideen.

"There was a joint commitment to strengthen cooperation on information sharing and other steps to disrupt the ability of international terrorists to travel, consistent with important provisions and obligations outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2396," further read the statement.

During the meeting, the Indian delegation was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs, while the American side was led by Nathan Sales, State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

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