The Vice President of United States of America Kamala Harris had called upon Pakistan on Thursday to act against terrorist groups operating from its soil.
She added that Pakistan must ensure that the terrorist groups should not threaten the security of both the US and India and stresses on the need to closely monitor the Islamabad’s support for terrorism.
The VP Harris's remarks came during her meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi that lasted over an hour and “reflected warmth and cordiality”.
VP Harris has also accepted Modi’s invitation to visit India and says she had wanted to “go back”, recalling her initial visits and the time she spent there.
Harris and Modi had made their remarks before their bilateral meeting, in which they had restate the significance of the relationship between the two nations and had highlighted concerns and priorities such as climate change and Covid-19 pandemic and also the need to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Pakistan came up at the bilateral meeting when the two political leaders were discussing terrorism.
Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla at a press briefing, “The vice-president, suo moto (on her own, unprompted) referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard.”
The VP Harris further said that there were terrorist groups that were working there.
The Foreign secretary added, “She asked Pakistan to take action so that these groups do not impact on our security and that of India.”
Harsh Vardhan further said, “She agreed with the prime minister’s briefing on the fact of cross-border terrorism, and the fact that India had been a victim of terrorism for several decades now; and on the need to rein in and closely monitor Pakistan’s support for such terrorist groups.”
Antony Blinken said ahead of their meeting in New York City on the sidelines of the Uinted Nations General Assembly that the United States appreciates “the work that Pakistan has done to facilitate the departure of American citizens who wish to leave as well as others.”
Blinken added, “but a lot to talk about there as well as our own bilateral relationship, including the economic relationship between our countries and working in the region as a whole”.
United States and Pakistan ties bond have been extremely troubled in few recent years and have not shown any sign of recovery besides the Islamabad’s help in ending the war in Afghanistan, and also the evacuation of Americans there.
United States of America's President Joe Biden has still not spoken to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting comes a day ahead of the maiden bilateral meeting between Modi and US President Joe Biden and the Quad Leaders' Summit at the White House in Washington on Friday.