Tackling terror global responsibility: US Pacific Fleet chief

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The attack on Indian Air Force station Pathankot highlights that combating terror is a “global reprehensibility” and the importance of India-US relationship in this endeavour, US Navy’s Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Scott Swift said on Friday.

The admiral, who is in India from January 7-9, expressed condolences for the security personnel who died in the Pathankot attack.

“I offer condolences on the attack at the air base, the loss of life that occurred. It is hard for the families.

“This highlights the importance of relationship we have with India. The relationship we have had since attack on Mumbai. It refreshes the importance of relationships between India and US,” said Admiral Swift, adding fighting terror is a global responsibility.

“It is global responsibility … when a terrorist attack occurs, global community has to act collectively, first on the immediate response, and then on dialogue to stop further attacks,” he said.

Admiral Swift said it was unfortunate that the frequency of such attack is increasing across the globe, giving the example of the attack in Paris, and the rise of the Islamic State.

“It is a common responsibility that we resolve such issues,” he added.

The attack at the Pathankot started in the early on Saturday. India lost seven security personnel while six terrorists were killed.

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