India briefs Sri Lanka, other countries on Pakistan air strike

India today briefed Sri Lanka and several other countries on the air strike it carried out in Pakistan.

DNA India reported that India briefed world capitals about the developments after it confirmed that it’s air force struck the biggest camp of United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan’s Balakot.

The Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj spoke to five of her counterparts.

The EAM spoke to United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and in the neighbourhood, Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and Bangladesh’s foreign minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale later briefed envoys of the P5 or the permanent five countries of the United Nations security council which include — China, Russia, US, France and UK, ASEAN bloc, Brazil, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Kuwait and neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka.

A source told WION that during the briefing, Foreign secretary asked the “international community to impress upon Pakistan the need for it to take action to seriously fight terrorism” and the aim of India preemptive action.

Later Dean of Diplomatic Corps Hans Dannenberg Castellanos speaking to reporters outside the MEA said, “The message was exactly the one conveyed to media, the operation was a very directed one and did not impact any civilians in Pakistan and did not impact any military installations in Pakistan … and it was a pre-emptive strike to avoid any terrorist attacks in India, they had credible intelligence that the people who were planning it were in that camp. It was a responsible action we have to inform our capital”. (Colombo Gazette)


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