Susan Rice calls NSA Doval, asks Pak to act against terrorist groups

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Susan RiceUS National Security Advisor Susan Rice called Indian NSA Ajit Doval on September 29 and condemned the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 soldiers were killed. Rice also offered condolences to the victims and their families.

“She reiterated that Pakistan must take effective action to combat against UN-designated terrorist entities, including LeT, JeM, and affiliates and deligitimise them,” said Ned Price, spokesperson, National Security Council (NSA).

Offering the US’ help in combating counter-terrorism, Rice offered help on designating those behind the Pakistan-based militant groups targeting Indian interest, as terrorists.

Emphasising that cross-border terrorism poses a danger to one and all, she said that US President Barack Obama was committed to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism throughout the world.

In the meantime, US has advised India not to escalate the situation with Pakistan even as India explores several diplomatic options in a bid to isolate Islamabad.

While this was so, US Secretary of State John Kerry has called Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj twice over the past two days. Kerry said that India and Pakistan should not escalate tensions but devise ways to reduce them. it.

The US in its strongest remarks told Pakistan to “delegitimise” terrorist outfits and havens operating from its soil, including Jaish-e-Muhammad, the group India blames for the Uri strike on September 18.