NSA Ajit Doval calls Mike Pompeo, US reiterates its support for India's airstrike on Jaish terror camp in Pakistan
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday held a telephonic conversation with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on India's airstrike against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot.
During the conversation, Mike Pompeo said that the United States stands with India on its decision to take action against the Balakot JeM terror camp on February 26 as a counter-terrorism step.
On Tuesday (February 26), India bombed Masood Azhar-led JeM terror camp in Balakot and destroyed other terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC). The Indian airstrike was done 12 days after a JeM suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden SUV into a CRPF convoy, killing 40 personnel.
Hours after the Indian airstrike on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to her counterparts in the United States, China, Singapore, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and briefed them about the pre-dawn strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
In her telephonic conversation with US Secretary of Mike Pompeo, Swaraj explained the reasons behind the strike and conveyed that the action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp.
After Sushma Swaraj's conversation with Mike Pompeo, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also briefed the latter about "the LoC violation by the Indian jets". Qureshi told Pompeo that India is "jeopardising the peace in South Asia for its political purposes and elections ", state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
He said that Pakistan is desirous of peace in the region, but will not compromise on its territorial integrity.
Last week, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval that America supports India's right to self-defence as both sides vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe haven for JeM and other terror groups.
Union Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday left for Saudi Arabia to garner support against support to terrorists by Pakistan. Over the invitation to Sushma Swaraj by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan has decided to not attend the meet.
With inputs from Manjeet Negi