New Delhi: Right after the all-party meeting she had convened over the air strikes on JeM camps in Balakot early on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “I am happy that all members congratulated Indian Air Force and supported all investigations initiated against terror attacks.” (Also read: IAF Avenges Pulwama) Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India, China to Hold 4th Round of Corps Commander Level Meeting Today
“I am happy that all parties in one voice praised the security forces and supported the Government’s anti-terror operations,” she added. Also Read - Boycott China: Chinese Toys, Rakhis & Decorative Lights May Not be Sold This Festive Season
Swaraj also informed the parties that she had spoken to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo over the air strikes as well. At a time when all eyes are on India, it is important for the country to garner as much international support as it can.
Leaders of different political parties congratulated the Indian Air Force at the all-party meeting on the operation targeting the JeM camp in Pakistan. The Congress said that it will support security forces in their endeavour to finish terrorism coming into India from outside.
The meeting included CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, TMC’s Derek O’Brian, Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Bhartruhari Mahtab from BJD, reported PTI.
Earlier, China had asked both India and Pakistan to ‘exercise restraint’ several hours after the air strikes. “We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations,” said China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.
He added, “We hope the two countries can keep restraint and do more to improve bilateral relations.”
China’s sentiment was echoed by Australia Foreign Minister Marise Payne as well.