US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take action against terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani network, which is based in Afghanistan.
“He acknowledged Pakistan’s role in the Afghanistan reconciliation talks and noted the importance of talks with India to promote regional stability and economic integration,” Kirby said.
The two leaders discussed mutual interests, including counter-terrorism, Afghanistan reconciliation, regional stability and economic cooperation.
“They reaffirmed our long-term strategic bilateral cooperation on the basis of common interests and mutual respect. The United States shares the interest in a stable, democratic and prosperous Pakistan and welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to complete Pakistan’s IMF project reforms,” Kirby added.
The banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, killing 166 people.
The Haqqani Network, founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, killed 58 people in the 2008 Indian embassy bombing in Kabul, the 2011 attack on the US embassy in Kabul and several major truck bombings in Afghanistan. It was declared a terrorist organization by the United States in September 2012.