New Delhi, Feb 16: In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, United States National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Friday that America supports India's right to self-defense as both sides vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe haven for Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terror groups.
Doval and Bolton held a telephonic conversation on Friday evening during which they resolved to hold Pakistan to account for its obligations under the United Nations resolutions and remove all obstacles to designate JeM leader Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi.
The call was initiated by the US side to express condolence and outrage over the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group JeM.
"I told Ajit Doval today that we support India's right to self-defense. I have spoken to him twice, including this morning... and expressed the US's condolences over the terrorist attack" Bolton told.
He said the US has been very clear to Pakistan on ending support to terrorist safe havens.
In a stern message to Pakistan, the White House asked Islamabad to "immediately end" its "support" to all terror groups and not to provide "safe haven" to them, as the US condemned the brutal Pulwama terror attack.