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The 9th round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington DC on Wednesday.  The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global security and nonproliferation challenges and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prev...

9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue held

The 9th round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington DC on Wednesday. 

The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global security and nonproliferation challenges and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors.

They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India.

The United States reaffirmed its strong support of India's early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. 

Meanwhile, the US and India have asked Pakistan to take "tangible and irreversible action" against terrorist groups on its soil and deny safe haven to them to launch cross-border attacks, as Washington reiterated its firm support to New Delhi in the fight against terrorism.

The US' support to India was expressed by America's National Security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday.

The US support came on the day when China for the fourth time blocked a bid to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council.

A day after the Pulwama attack, Bolton had told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval that the US supports India's right to self-defence as tensions escalated with Pakistan.

John Bolton said that the meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale was to advance progress on the U.S.-India strategic partnership & shared vision for the Indo-Pacific, as well as reiterate that the U.S. stands shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism.
 

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