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U.S. Ambassador, Admiral visit Jammu

JAMMU JAN 20: The U.S. Ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill, and Member of Joint Staff Committee, Thomas Wilson, today arrived here to assess the situation in the border State in the backdrop of a massive Army build-up along the border.

Mr. Blackwill and Admiral Wilson, with eight other members in the team, had an-hour-long meeting with the Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, who briefed the team about the latest situation prevailing in the State, particularly after the escalation in tension following the December 13 attack on Parliament.

Dr. Abdullah told the team that Pakistan had been continuing support to militancy in the State. Condemning the terrorist activities against which the entire world was now united, the team expressed concern over the incidents in the State and hoped that peace would soon return to the place.

The Chief Secretary, Ashok Jaitly, the Principal Secretary (Home), C. Phonsog, the Director-General of Police, A.K. Suri, and Commander of 16 Corps, J.B.S. Yadava, were present at the meeting. The team also interacted with senior Army officers.

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