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US backs India’s surgical strike, says every country has right to self-defence


New Delhi:  Defending India for carrying  surgical strikes after the Uri attack, the US has said that it supports the right of self-defence that every country enjoys, media reports said.

“We share with India the concern for preventing any future attack. We empathise with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to cross-border threat of terrorism,” White House spokesperson for South Asia Peter Lavoy said.

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His comments come in the backdrop of the recent surgical strikes carried out by India across the Line of Control to target terror launchpads.

Calling the Uri terror attack of September 18 a “clear case of cross-border terrorism”, he also discounted the Pakistan claim that “road to peace in Kabul lies in Kashmir,” saying the two issues are unrelated.

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“We certainly do not believe that the situation in Afghanistan is linked with Kashmir,” Lavoy said.

Pakistan’s special envoy on Kashmir, Mushahid Husain Syed had last week claimed that peace is not possible in South Asia, including in Afghanistan, without resolving the Kashmir issue.

Lavoy also said US is making efforts to ensure that India gets a seat in the Nuclear Suppliers Group by the end of this year.

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