Kerry Says Extremists From Pakistan Preventing Peace In South Asia

Kerry Says Extremists From Pakistan Preventing Peace In South Asia

Kerry Says Extremists From Pakistan Preventing Peace In South Asia

He said that there have been communication but it is clear that Pakistan has work to do in order to push harder against its indigenous groups that are engaged in terrorist activities.

Kerry spoke about upholding common democratic values even as Joint Statement after the conclusion of the second Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) emphasised the role of democratic values by saying the "strategic partnership between the United States and India is rooted in shared values of freedom, democracy, universal human rights, tolerance and pluralism, equal opportunities for all citizens and rule of law".

At the meeting, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker discussed the US and India's growing commercial and trade relationship.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Pakistan made progress in the fight against extremism in recent months, but urged Islamabad to push harder against militants hiding within its borders, as tensions with neighbouring India rise amid more violence in Held Kashmir. Tweeting on his meeting, Modi said, "Glad to meet you, Secretary @JohnKerry".

The US accuses the Pakistani intelligence agency of supporting the Haqqani militants and using them as a proxy in Afghanistan to gain leverage there against the growing influence of India. Kerry had earlier tweeted: "Pleased to sit down with @narendramodi, reflect on successful S&CD and our ever- deepening relationship with #India". Secretary Kerry also shared the U.S. perspective on developments in the region and beyond with Prime Minister Modi.

Mr Kirby said there is no difference between the Pentagon and the US State Department on this issue.

"Kerry would now remain in the Indian capital until Friday or Saturday, when he will leave for the summit in Hangzhou".

Toner added that Kerry planned to extend his three-day India trip to attend the G20 summit in China this weekend.

Tuesday's bilateral Strategic and Commercial Dialogue was co-chaired by John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker also in attendance.

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