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British NSA Sedwill speaks to Ajit Doval, offers all assistance to deal with terrorism

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New Delhi, Mar 7 :  National Security Adviser of the United Kingdom Mark Sedwill Thursday spoke to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and offered all assistance, including intelligence-sharing, in dealing with any form of terrorism, official sources said.

Sedwill also expressed solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama suicide attack, they said, adding the call was initiated by the British NSA.

The British NSA said all assistance in dealing with any form of terrorism will be extended to India bilaterally through counter-terrorism cooperation, intelligence-sharing and by bringing the perpetrators of terrorist attacks to justice, the sources added.

The telephonic conversation between the two NSAs came amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan triggered by the Pulwama attack. The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the strike in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.

On February 26, Indian Air Force combat jets struck “JeM's biggest training camp” in Balakot deep inside Pakistan. A day later, Pakistan retaliated and downed Indian fighter jet and captured a pilot, who had handed over to India on March 01.

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