Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat met Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) on Thursday
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat met Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) on Thursday

USSOCOM Commander meets Bipin Rawat

ANI | Updated: Mar 07, 2019 23:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 7 (ANI): Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) General Raymond A Thomas II met Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday to discuss issues pertaining to the strategic and mutual concern of New Delhi and Washington.
"General Raymond A Thomas III,  Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)  called upon and interacted with General Bipin Rawat COAS, today. Discussed issues of strategic & mutual concern," tweeted Additional Directorate General of Public Information of Indian Army.
The meeting came on the heels of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. A day after India launched "pre-emptive" and "non-military" strike against JeM in Pakistan's Balakot, the fighter jets of the two countries engaged in a dogfight in the skies of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistani F-16 planes transgressed into the Indian air space.
The US said it supports India’s decision to take action against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp on the Pakistani soil on Tuesday.
After the Indian strikes, Pompeo had said, “I spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.”
Acknowledging Indian actions as "counter-terrorism" action, the US Secretary of State said, "Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasize our close security partnership and shared the goal of maintaining peace and security in the region." (ANI)

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